Congress Made the Wrong Choice: Destroying Financial Reform

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By Amy Traub, Demos Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to gut financial reform. Members of Congress wrapped up their vote in high-flying language about “choice,” “freedom,” and “jobs,” but there was no hiding the underlying substance: razing the financial reforms enacted to prevent a...
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Another Week of Weakening Labor Laws and Making Us More Susceptible to a Financial Crisis

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By Heidi Shierholz and Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute In the midst of a chaotic week, Congress and the Trump administration found time to quietly attack important worker protections and undermine the rules and regulations that make our economy fairer for working people and their...
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Trump DOL Signals Rollbacks When Nobody is Watching

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By Catherine Ruckelshaus, National Employment Law Project This week, while all eyes in Washington were focused squarely on blockbuster congressional hearings, the Trump Labor Department has quietly begun to roll back some key worker protections. President Trump’s promise to put America’s...
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Small Business Owners Tell House Members: You Made the Erong CHOICE

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By Angela Simaan, Main Street Alliance House Republicans voted today to pass the Financial CHOICE Act. Main Street Alliance, a national network of small business owners, released the following statement: With the Financial CHOICE Act, members of Congress are decimating the regulations that...
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What Does the ‘Fiduciary’ Rule Mean for You?

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By Barbara Roper, Consumer Federation of America Thanks to the Department of Labor’s new “fiduciary” rule, which went into effect this week, you are finally legally entitled to retirement investment advice that serves your best interests, regardless of who provides that advice or...
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Counting Calories? New Lawsuit Will Make Restaurants Show You the Stats

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By Peter Lehner, Earthjustice How many calories are in a burger with a side of onion rings? About 80 percent of Americans would like to know, and food retailers were supposed to start telling them—until the Trump administration decided to allow the industry to delay another year. Yesterday, we...
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Enforcement of Efficiency Standards Is Crucial, and At Risk

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Imagine that manufacturers, the federal government, and other people who care about energy efficiency spend years negotiating a national standard to make sure that a product meets at least a minimum level of energy savings, rather than being...
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Out to Pasture? USDA May Scrap Key Protections for Organic Animals and Consumers

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By Cameron Harsh, Center for Food Safety People choose organic foods because they believe that they were produced with integrity by farmers committed to strong standards of care for the planet and all its inhabitants. They trust that the organic seal has meaning, and that it guarantees...
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Drowning in a Sea of Sufficient Ozone Research: An Open Letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Dear Administrator Pruitt, When you decided this week to delay the 2015 ozone rule by one year, citing “insufficient information,” did you think about the science of ground-level ozone? Did you look at the data showing that ozone pollution is...
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Trump Wrecking Ball Misses ‘Fiduciary Rule,’ A Victory for Working Families

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By Pablo Ros, AFSCME Today, a victory for working families has been achieved. But not without irony … or a caveat. In a sign of the times we live in, victories for working families at the national level no longer seem to come by way of constructive action – for...
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Taking Trump’s EPA to Court to Stop Methane Pollution

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By David Doniger and Meleah Geertsma, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and partners went to court Monday to block the Trump EPA’s illegal suspension of critical Clean Air Act safeguards against leaks of methane and other dangerous air pollution from the oil and gas industry. T...
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People in States Represented by the Cosponsors of the CHOICE Act Lose $12.1 Billion Each Year Due to Conflicted Retirement Advice

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives along party lines, with 233 Republicans and no Democrats voting in favor of the bill, and 185 Democrats and one Republican voting against it. In the event it were to...
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