The Squad Goes On Strike?

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( – Rep. Greg Casar (D-Texas) is going to be holding a “thirst strike” on the Capitol steps on Tuesday as he is pushing for a federal heat rule that would protect workers following the record-breaking temperatures that has overtaken the country. As part of the strike, Casar is not going to be drinking, eating or even taking a break throughout the entire day, until a nurse tells him that he is obliged to stop.

On the day of the strike, the forecast shows that in Washington, D.C. the weather is going to reach high-90 degrees.

Casar in a tweet noted that he was going to be on a thirst strike on the U.S. Capitol steps and that he would not be drinking any water or breaks to show solidarity towards the workers who often have to face such adverse conditions. As he pointed out there is no federal protection in place now for those workers who have been exposed to the heat.

Last month, the temperatures had been the highest ever recorded for June, and the highest global average temperature for several days in July. From 2011 until 2021 there were a total of over 400 workers who had passed away because of the heat waves.

The Biden administration had previously endorsed the idea of heat regulations being implemented, but they have not yet taken any actions in that direction. Casar along with more than 100 Congress members are now pushing Julie Su, the Labor Secretary to implement these regulations as quickly as possible because of the heat levels that have increased.

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