New CPR Project – CRA by the Numbers: The Congressional Review Act Assault on Our Safeguards

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform If Donald Trump has learned anything over the last 100 days, it’s that unlike in golf, you can’t call a Mulligan on the beginning of your presidency, no matter how much it might improve your score. These last few months have been...
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Ideology, Common Sense and Poisoned Children: What’s Next for EPA’s Mercury Standards?

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By Sanjay Narayan, Sierra Club Late on April 18, the Trump EPA filed papers in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit indicating that the agency intends to “review,” and perhaps reverse, the Obama Administration’s decision to regulate mercury, arsenic, acid gases, and other hazardous air...
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Net Neutrality Violations: A Brief History

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press For years a lineup of phone- and cable-industry spokespeople has called Net Neutrality “a solution in search of a problem.” The principle that protects free speech and innovation online is irrelevant, they claim, as blocking has never, ever happened. And if it did,...
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Sham “Public” Process Accompanies EPA Rollback of Safeguards

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By Andrew Wetzler, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency just kicked off an effort to gut many of the regulations that safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink. EPA leadership announced this push with a “public” process designed minimize as much...
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Financial Choice Act: A Cruel Choice for the CFPB & Consumers

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG This week, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX) tees up his so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0 (draft) with a Wednesday 26 April hearing. Some call it the Wall Street’s Choice Act or the Wrong Choice Act; I wonder if a better name would be...
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Observing Workers’ Memorial Week 2017: Pushing Back Against Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda

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By Emily Gardner, Public Citizen Each year, our nation observes Workers’ Memorial Week to mourn those individuals who have lost their lives on the job. It also serves as an important time to amplify and expand the fight for safe jobs for all working people. Annually in the U.S., about 4,800......
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NRDC to Scott Pruitt: Stop Sham “Reg Reform” & Do Your Job

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Later today I will deliver remarks for NRDC at the Environmental Protection Agency’s first public session―a three-hour teleconference―to get “public input” on Clean Air Act “regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or...
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Got Rickrolled by Net Neutrality Activists

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By Saurav Sarkar, Free Press When I think about stories I’ll tell my grandkids about my days at Free Press, this week’s protest will be among them. I and several other activists disrupted a public Federal Communications Commission meeting using a classic Internet meme, the “Rickroll,” in a show...
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Attacks on Energy Star Program Hurt Consumers and Threaten Progress on Energy Efficiency Nationwide

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By Jason Kuruvilla and Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Consumers Union You would think that a program that has a over a 1000x return on investment would be a key candidate for further funding. You’d be wrong. The Energy Star program, a voluntary program that certifies products as among the most...
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Pruitt Delays Critical Methane Protections on Specious Grounds

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By Joanne Spalding and Andres Restrepo, Sierra Club Scott Pruitt is continuing his relentless assault on public health and a stable climate as Administrator of Donald Trump’s EPA. Acting at the behest of corporate polluters, Pruitt announced on Tuesday that EPA would reconsider, and delay by 90...
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New Report: Trump’s New ‘Regulatory Czar’ and the Continuing Assault on Our Safeguards

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform As the clock ticked closer to the end of the work day a few Fridays back, the Trump administration quietly made an announcement certain to put smiles on the faces of many corporate interest lobbyists in and around the DC Beltway: Neomi Rao,...
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Prepaid Card Users in Every State Could Lose Protections

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress About 23 million Americans and 1 in 10 households use prepaid debit cards, and more than $270 billion in payments was made on them in 2015—yet this Congress may choose to gut protections for them. Under the Congressional Review Act, or CRA,...
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