Why the Senate Should Reject the ‘License to Kill’ Bill

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group Most Americans think asbestos was banned decades ago. But asbestos-caused diseases still kill up to 15,000 Americans a year. Here’s why the U.S. is one of the few nations in the world where asbestos is still legal: In the 1970s Congress passed a...
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Ahead of Markup, CPR Member Scholars Voice Concerns Over the Senate Regulatory Accountability Act

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, 27 Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform, leading academics who specialize in administrative law and regulatory policy, submitted a letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson...
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One of Many Risks of the Regulatory Accountability Act: Flawed Risk Assessment Guidelines

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Tomorrow, the Senate will begin marking up Senator Rob Portman’s version of the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which my colleague Yogin wrote a primer about last week. This bill is an attempt to impose excessive burdens on every federal agency...
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Quick Take: Americans Want EPA to Keep Protecting Health

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By Juanita Constible, Natural Resources Defense Council Americans just delivered a clear message to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Keep your hands off our clean air and water. Yesterday marked the end of a formal comment period in which EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asked for...
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Corporate Lobbyists Finance Senate Leader of ‘License to Kill’ Bill

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By Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group One out of every five political donations made to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc. – chair of a Senate committee expected to vote this week to effectively block new consumer protection rules – came from corporate political action committees, trade...
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Clean Power Plan Litigation’s Latest Turn

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and other health and environmental organizations, together with forward-leaning states and cities and leading companies, filed briefs this afternoon addressing the next steps in litigation over the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits...
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A Day to Savor: Beating Big Oil on Capitol Hill

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By Jessica Ennis, Earthjustice Environmental advocates went toe-to-toe with the oil and gas industry in the halls of Congress this week. And in the face of stiff odds, we managed to chalk up a big win in the U.S. Senate, keeping an important regulation on the books that protects communities......
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Congress Blocks 14 Obama-Era Rules in an Unprecedented Blitz of CRA Votes

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday was the final day congressional Republicans could use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block regulations issued in the final months of the Obama administration. The CRA is a controversial law that gives Congress the power to...
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The Regulatory Accountability Act Would Spread the Asbestos Problem

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By Alison Cassady and Sam Berger, Center for American Progress On April 26, 2017, the Senate quietly introduced President Donald Trump’s Regulatory Accountability Act, or RAA. The bill has an innocuous name but would have profound consequences for the nation’s ability to protect people from...
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Attack on Food Safety Rules Is Life or Death Issue for Allergy Sufferers

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By Nneka Leiba, Environmental Working Group Food allergies don’t just cause hives or breathing problems – they can also kill. That’s why the so-called Regulatory Accountability Act, or RAA, moving through Congress should be called the License to Kill bill. Researchers estimate that...
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Can the CFPB Help Me With My Student Loan Problem?

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By Gideon Weissman, U.S. PIRG More than 44 million Americans have student loan debt, in total owing more than $1.4 trillion. Finding the right student loan and deciding on the right payment plan can be complicated. Many borrowers also have trouble paying – more than 10 percent of student...
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Trump and Pruitt Aim to Roll Back Air and Water Protections With Little to No Public Input

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By Matthew Gravatt, Sierra Club In case you missed it, many of the things that we love and value–like clean air, clean water, good clean energy jobs, and the health of our families–are coming under attack with Donald Trump as president and his polluting ally, Scott Pruitt, as U.S....
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