A "tort deform" law was passed, which sends class-action suits to Federal courts, making it impossible to try them in the courts of the more liberal and populous states like California and New York. [Later correction: not exactly true, but reduces the efficacy of class action lawsuits in other ways. Since class action lawsuits are the main way large groups of consumers and employees take legal action, this weakens the legal position of consumers and employees--that is to say, the "middle class".]
The House passed a law establishing a national ID card system. It pressures all state DMVs to act as immigration agencies and exempts the Department from Homeland Security from all laws necessary for "improvements of barriers at the border". As my elected Representative, Earl Blumenauer, observed:
If this provision [...] was to become law, the Secretary of Homeland Security could give a contract to his political cronies that had no safety standards, using 12-year-old illegal immigrants to do the labor, run it through the site of a Native American burial ground, kill bald eagles in the process, and pollute the drinking water of neighboring communities. And under the provisions of this act, no member of Congress, no citizen could do anything about it because you waive all judicial review.I hope the Senate stops it.
It's been very nice, but I have to scream now.