Congress Passes Rollback of Contractor Accountability Measure

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight On Monday, a resolution overturning rules implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order cleared the Senate and was sent to the White House. The measure blocks Labor Department regulations requiring contractors to disclose to the...
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Scott Pruitt Dances with “Fossil Energy AGs” on Methane

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By Meleah Geertsma, Natural Resources Defense Council What really prompted EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s whirlwind repeal last week to cancel the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to gather data from the oil and gas industry on methane pollution and measures to control that...
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Making America Polluted Again

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By Peter Lehner, Earthjustice In Springdale, Pennsylvania, residents who live near the Cheswick coal-fired power plant say they have the neighbor from hell. Plumes of soot laced with toxic chemicals, such as mercury and arsenic, rise from the plant’s smokestacks. The local school nurse says...
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Congress Just Fixed TSCA – Yet Is Now Gearing Up to Re-Impose the Worst Flaws of the Old Law Across the Entire Federal Government

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By Richard Denison, Environmental Defense Fund I noted in a recent post EDF’s grave concerns about the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which passed the House on January 11.  A shorter but still very concerning version of it may soon be introduced in the Senate, modeled on last Congress’...
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Questions for the Potential Next Sheriff of Wall Street

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By Andy Green, Andrew Schwartz, and Gregg Gelzinis, Center for American Progress The movie image is iconic: The Wall Street wrongdoer, whose fraud was uncovered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, is hauled off to face the music. Despite being only a civil enforcement...
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Congress Kills BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule

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By Bobby McEnaney, Natural Resources Defense Council In its march to turn the clock back, the Senate passed legislation today repealing an effort by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to improve the management of the broad array of ecological and economic resources found on the 247 million...
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A Dishonest Proposal: The House Science Committee Resurrects EPA Secret Science Nonsense in the HONEST Act

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists This week, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Lamar Smith will officially mark up a new (but not really improved) version of his long championed but always nonsensical Secret Science Act. Now rebranded as the...
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Senate Voted to Roll Back Workplace Protections

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By Melanie Ross Levin, National Women’s Law Center Yesterday, on a party line vote of 49-48, the Senate voted to roll back workplace protections for women by overturning the rules implementing Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order. So what does this actually mean? ...
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Misguided Regulatory Accountability Act Will Increase Red Tape, Obstruct Vital Safeguards for Millions of Americans

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By Martha Roberts, Environmental Defense Fund New legislative proposals on the Hill put long-standing public health, safety and environmental protections at risk. These so-called “regulatory reform” efforts sound innocuous, but they would dramatically increase red tape and industry lobbyist...
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Federal Contract Workers Need the Protection of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute Last week, Senator Warren, joined by her colleagues Senator Murray and Senator Sanders, asked Attorney General Sessions to open a criminal investigation into the deaths and serious injuries of workers employed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., a...
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President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts: Hurting NOAA Hurts America

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By Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Union of Concerned Scientists Here’s a simple recipe for angering millions of Americans: take away something they heavily depend on. News reports this weekend indicate that the Trump administration is proposing to do just that by making deep cuts to the National...
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Congressional Republicans Work to Repeal Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order

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By Robert Hiltonsmith, Demos Do you think companies should be required to pay their employees at least the minimum wage? Comply with workplace safety regulations? Pay employees for every hour they work? It would seem ridiculous for anyone to answer “no” to these questions. Yet Congressional...
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