Wednesday, July 17 - Protect Accountability with Nonpartisan Inspectors General / Thank Durbin for Insulin Bill

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: VOTE TODAY - Tell your member of Congress to vote yes on H.R. 1847 to protect accountability with nonpartisan inspectors general

  • Action 2: Thank Senator Durbin for introducing the Affordable Insulin Approvals Now Act

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

 

Action 1: VOTE TODAY - Tell Congress to Vote Yes on H.R. 1847

Inspectors General (IGs) provide nonpartisan oversight of government agencies to ensure responsible use of taxpayer dollars. In fiscal year 2016 alone, IGs identified over $45 billion in savings, representing a $17 return for every $1 spent on IG operations. IG investigations helped expose former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s wasteful spending, former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s raft of ethics violations, and former Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s inappropriate land dealings.

Of the 73 IGs across federal agencies, there are currently 12 agencies that lack a permanent IG appointment by the president, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In order to close that gap and force the White House to appoint IGs, legislators have introduced H.R. 1847, the Inspector General Protection Act. The legislation requires a president to notify Congress when an IG vacancy has lasted longer than 210 days, including the reasons why no one has been nominated and a target date for a nomination. It also requires congressional reporting within 30 days if an IG has a change of status, such as being placed on administrative leave.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling in support of H.R. 1847, the Inspector General Protection Act. Congress should be informed of Inspectors General vacancies and changes in status given their essential role in oversight of government agencies. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 2: Thank Senator Durbin for Affordable Insulin Act

Last week, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today introduced the Affordable Insulin Approvals Now Act, a bipartisan bill to speed up approvals of lower-cost, generic, and “follow-on” insulin products in order to help lower costs of the life-saving drug. 

Approximately 7.5 million Americans with diabetes rely on insulin every day to survive, yet the drug has experienced a price increase of more than 600 percent over the past two decades in the United States. The legislation would lower the price of insulin by promoting competition and bringing lower-cost generic products to market sooner—specifically by requiring FDA to continue reviewing generic insulin applications even after the agency’s currently planned March 2020 cut-off date.  

Call to thank Durbin for introducing this live-saving bill.

Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to thank Senator Durbin for introducing the Affordable Insulin Approvals Now Act. I’m grateful that the Senator is focusing on making life saving healthcare more affordable. Thank you.

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