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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Federal Science Advisory Boards Under Threat: Why Scientists Should Get Involved

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Serving on a science advisory board for a federal agency is an interesting and in many ways rewarding experience for a scientist. I have been on a research advisory board for the Navy, advisory boards for assessing the impacts of climate...
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Questions Arise as Senate Prepares to Take Up Nomination for Key Trump Regulatory Post

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By Robert Verchick, Center for Progressive Reform Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will examine and likely vote on President’s Trump’s selection for Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA is the most...
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The Regulatory Accountability Act Is a Threat to Small Businesses

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By Leo Nguyen, Main Street Alliance In recent years, American conservatives have been publicly reminiscing about an imaginary time, the bygone heydey of the laissez-faire market created by our Founding Fathers. “Overregulation is killing jobs! And entrepreneurship! And limiting econom...
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