Creating The FDA: The Pure Food and Drug Act Turns 107

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This week, we celebrate the anniversary of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which led to the creation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for regulating medicines, monitoring our food supply and enforcing other...
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CSS Report: Public Pays Price as Eight Key Rules Held Up

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It was just a year and a half ago – December 15, 2011 – that President Obama championed a key proposed rule from the the Department of Labor. The rule was going to fix a longstanding problem: companies employing home health care workers do not have to pay them minimum...
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Bill Would Undermine Independent Agencies, Weaken Dodd-Frank Protections and Threaten Consumer Product Safety

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This morning, another attack on our regulatory system was launched through the Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (IARAA). The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards believes that effective standards and safeguards provide health, safety and financial security for American families and are a...
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Delayed Rules and Food Safety

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Too often, important regulations drafted by federal agencies that would protect Americans from harm are stalled for months or years at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). CSS’ recently released report, Down the Regulatory Rabbit hole, details eight key regulations stalled...
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Rearview Visibility Act Stalled at OIRA

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President Barack Obama has nominated Howard Shelanski to be the next administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a key executive branch office that wields heavy power in rulemakings and public protections. Too often, OIRA has served as a place where needed rules...
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Workers Memorial Day Thoughts

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The following post is from Ross Eisenbrey. It can be found at Working Econmics, the Economic Policy Institute blog. How many times have you heard business lobbyists and spokesmen say: “Regulations are killing jobs”? Or how about, “Excessive regulations are driving manufacturers overseas”? Well...
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Three Years after Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Has the U.S. Improved Safety Standards for Oil Drilling?

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The debates over our country’s regulatory system that have been happening in Washington often take place in the form broad generalities. This is how we come to hear complaints about the number of pages of new regulations with no look at the quality of or the need for that content....
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Thirteen Ways Of Looking At a Whale

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The following post is from Jennifer Taub. It can be found at The ParetoCommons. Wallace Stevens’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird came to mind Friday while watching bankers and regulators testify before the Senator Levin-lead bipartisan subcommittee hearing on “JPMorgan Chase Whale...
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London Whale Incident Highlights Need For Sensible Safeguards

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If we expect banks to learn their lesson from 2008’s financial crisis and the multi-billion-dollar public bailout, we will be waiting a long time. History has shown that corporations and banks, left to themselves, do not have the public interest at heart, which is why we need strong public...
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Turning Off the Alarm System: JP Morgan Chase’s Regulatory Dodge

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The following post is from Wallace Turbeville at Policy Shop, the weblog of Demos Last night, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a searing 300-page report on JP Morgan Chase’s London Whale episode. The bank lost at least $6.2 billion through trading credit derivatives...
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Two Years After Fukushima: Status of NRC Safety Reforms

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The following post is from Ed Lyman, senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists Following the March 11, 2011, nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) set up a task force to identify the lessons the U.S. nuclear...
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More American Workers Will Die as Silica Rule Delayed

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The following post is from Randy Rabinowitz at The Fine Print, the Center for Effective Government blog. Two years ago next week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) a proposed standard to protect workers from...
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