The Little Known Law Gutting Environmental & Consumer Protections

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By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen We all deserve clean air and water, safe workplaces and household products, fair wages and honest business dealings. But the regulations that protect these things are more in danger than ever before. President Trump and Republicans in Congress are using the...
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First Prepaid Cards, Then the Rest of Your Wallet

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress The U.S. Congress has wasted no time rolling back Obama-era regulations affecting health, safety, and the environment, and Americans’ wallets may be next. Congress is expected to soon attempt a rollback of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,...
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Trump’s Moves to Protect Polluters Are Sickening

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council From disastrous rollbacks to confirmation of the worst-ever EPA head, this administration is hell-bent on destroying the health of our environment—and the American people. A gas drilling rig near homes in the Colorado Rockies iStock For all the...
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Supreme Court Showdown Over Nursing-Home Arbitration

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By Scott Nelson, Public Citizen About a million-and-a-half Americans, mostly elderly, are in nursing homes. Mortality rates in nursing homes are high, and abuse and neglect are common. When victims and their families sue nursing homes for deaths or injuries resulting from improper care, they...
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Lead: The Sneaky Ingredient in Your Lipstick and Lotion

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration announced new guidelines for the level of lead allowed in lipstick and other cosmetics. I know what you’re thinking: isn’t there already a rule that says that lead — a toxic heavy metal — is not...
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The Big Gas Giveaway: Flaring, the Congressional Review Act, and Trump’s Present to Big Oil

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By Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth The Congressional Review Act is a powerful and until recently rarely used legislative tool. It can bypass the Senate’s filibuster to reverse recently finalized federal regulations with only a simple majority from Congress. Successfully deployed only once...
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How Every State Benefits From Energy Efficiency Standards

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Your new refrigerator and clothes washer do more than just keep your food cold or clean your clothes. They save money and energy, too – and a new report shows just how much standards are savings households in every state. As appliances and......
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The Man Who Sued the EPA is Now Running It. What Does That Mean for the Environment?

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists Voting largely along party lines, Congress just confirmed Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—an attorney who has spent his professional career suing the EPA to stop the agency from performing its fundamental...
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Wall Street Agent or Responsible Chair?

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen The Education Secretary appears uneducated about public education. The Office of Management and Budget nominee didn’t notice his full-time nanny in the house when it came time to account for household employees on his taxes, and doesn’t believe in funding...
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One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Since Election Day and into the first weeks of the Trump presidency, we’ve heard a lot about “alternative facts” and clampdowns on the ability of scientists to present scientific evidence or speak to the press. Congress last week signaled its...
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Why the REINS Act Is Unconstitutional

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By Bill Funk, Center for Progressive Reform The so-called Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) has already passed the House this year, as it did in previous sessions. The current version, which amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA), differs somewhat from...
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Puzder and the Chamber: A Labor of Love

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By Grace Aylmer, U.S. Chamber Watch It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is feeling “optimistic” about Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, fast food baron Andy Puzder. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger......
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