Citing "Midnight Rules" to Erode Health and Safety, Nurses Unveil New Website to Send Bush Packing

For Immediate Release

California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
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Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246, 415-559-8991 (cell)

Citing "Midnight Rules" to Erode Health and Safety, Nurses Unveil New Website to Send Bush Packing

CALIFORNIA - As President Bush seeks to push through a flurry
of new regulations, many of which will especially adversely
impact healthcare services and workplace safety, the California
Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee today
unveiled a new website inviting web browsers to help "send Bush
packing," www.SendBushPacking.com.

The site offers an interactive game highlighting some of the
"midnight rules" - last minute regulatory changes -
the Bush administration is seeking to cement in place in its
waning days.

CNA/NNOC is inviting those who visit the sendbushpacking.com
website and play the game to sign an online petition to Bush to
"tell him to do no more harm and rescind the rules that
undermine our healthcare, public protections, and workplace
safety."

Healthcare, workplace safety, and environmental protections
are major targets of the proposed rule changes, "many of which
could seriously undermine access to care, workplace safety and
workers' rights, and the environmental safeguards Americans
depend on," said CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann
DeMoro.

"On Nov. 4, American voters send an emphatic signal that they
want change from the policies of the past eight years. It is
disgraceful that the Bush administration wants to squeeze in
even more of its rejected practices in its final hours in
office," DeMoro said.

Some national pundits have said it is time for President Bush
to get off the world stage. New York Times columnist Gail
Collins wrote Nov. 22, "Can I see a show of hands? How many
people want George W. out and Barack in?"

One day later, columnist Thomas Friedman sounded a similar
note: "If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special
session of Congress, amend the Constitution, and move up the
inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day."

Among the new regulations:

  • A reduction in outpatient services for low-and
    moderate-income people covered under Medicaid, likely to mean
    cuts in such basics as dental and vision care, diagnostic
    screenings for children, and lab and ambulance services.
  • Reduced access for reproductive and family planning care
    through a new rule permitting workers to refuse to perform
    abortions, dispense birth control pills, or even provide
    emergency contraception in rape cases.
  • More stringent rules on employees' use of the Family and
    Medical Leave Act which allows workers to take unpaid leave to
    take care of sick family members.
  • Revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    regulations that make it more difficult to limit on-the-job
    exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Numerous environmental changes that would permit oil and gas
    leases on public lands, more air pollution near national parks
    and forests, increased dumping by mining companies into streams,
    and erosion of the Endangered Species Act.
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Representing 80,000 RNs in 50 states, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is the largest and fastest-growing association of direct-care RNs in the nation. Learn more at www.calnurses.org.

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