There was in fact a previous thread about H.R. 996, with a subject line that better captured the breadth and seriousness of this issue. It was here:
And now it's gone. Appears to have been deleted by a mod, and if that's the case, it's quite disappointing.
There's always the possibility something like this can manage to pass, if there isn't sufficient grassroots opposition. So people NEED to know about it.
There's always the possibility of debate on things like this turning ugly too. Now I haven't a clue what might have happened in that other thread to get it deleted, as last time I checked, everything was civil. But if it turned ugly, then by deleting the thread, rather than cleaning or locking it, the moderation also contributed to keeping folks from knowing about H.R. 996 at all
And in doing so, served the interests of proponents of this bill. Who could get this thread deleted as well, if deletion is now the typical moderator response.
I sincerely hope I'm wrong on this.