Grassroots Chemical Security Letters Help Persuade Congress

Last week, the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 (HR 2868) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 230 to 193. Twenty-one Democrats joined all 172 Republicans in voting to oppose the bill. SOCMA CONNECT conducted extensive advocacy to urge lawmakers to vote against the bill. Cumulatively, members of SOCMA’s grassroots network sent over 115 letters to the House; the letters explained the negative impacts of the Inherently Safer Technology (IST) provision. These efforts likely influenced the votes of some members of Congress. Two of the Democrats who initially supported this legislation were specifically targeted by SOCMA CONNECT. Rep. Marion Berry (AR-1) and Rep. Mike Ross (AR-4) ultimately changed their positions.

SOCMA CONNECT’s grassroots effort is effective in educating elected officials. Please send a letter to your elected officials by logging onto