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Scott Pruitt’s Deadly Delays

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By Caeleigh MacNeil, Earthjustice Scott Pruitt spent much of his energy as Oklahoma attorney general suing the EPA. Now that he’s heading the agency, Pruitt is trying another tactic—delaying new rules that protect our air and water, rather than challenging them head-on in court....
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The Case Against Clovis: Why Trump’s USDA Chief Scientist Nominee Is the Wrong Choice

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By Mike Lavender, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump is dangerously close to violating the law (no, not what you’re thinking!). Recently, word began circulating that the President plans to fill the role of Chief Scientist at the Department of Agriculture (USD...
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Dire Future for Grizzlies as Endangered Species Protections Stripped

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By Media Team, Sierra Club Today – despite serious concerns from Tribal nations and the scientific community –  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Greater-Yellowstone-region grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List. Many in the scientific community...
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Trump EPA Weakens TSCA Rules to Favor Chemical Industry

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump-Pruitt Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a set of rules today that will make it easier to ignore chemical risks and disregard harmful exposures. The final rules introduce loopholes that could allow EPA to...
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Yellowstone Grizzly “Delisting” Rule is Flawed and Premature

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By Zack Strong, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a final rule to remove Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from the federal list of threatened and endangered species today. This means that the isolated population of grizzlies living...
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Don’t Let Trump Silence Communities of Color

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By U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), on behalf of Free Press Thanks to the open internet, a new generation of activists fighting for civil rights and equality has been able to make their voices heard in ways previously unimaginable. Now the Trump administration is trying to turn...
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The Message Congress Needs to Hear As It Debates Our Water Infrastructure Needs

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform Last fall, the Senate directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to contract with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to conduct an independent study on affordability of municipal investments in water...
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New Report: With Assault on Safeguards, Trump Trounces Constitution, U.S. History

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Today, Neomi Rao is likely to take one step closer to becoming the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) – that is, the Trump administration’s “regulatory czar” – with the Senate...
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Want to Squash Science? Follow Pruitt’s Lead at the EPA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump Administration doubled down on its overhaul of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) this week, notifying members whose terms would be ending in 2017 and early 2018 that their terms will not be renewed and...
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Court Sides with FERC, Against Consumers and Clean Energy

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By Jennifer Chen, Natural Resources Defense Council The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of controversial new rules for America’s largest power market. We are disappointed because these rules unnecessarily funnel money...
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U.S. Treasury Report a Gift to Wall Street, a Threat to CFPB and Everyone Else

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department came out with a report mandated by a Presidential executive order. As feared, the report is a Wall Street wish list, with a few crumbs thrown to small banks (but make no mistake, the Wall Street bankers are...
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Not Normal: Coal-Industry Lawyer Is the “Moderate” Candidate for No. 2 at the Trump-Pruitt EPA

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By David Arkush, Public Citizen Today Axios reports that Andrew Wheeler, coal lobbyist and former staffer to Sen. James “Snowball” Inhofe, is no longer the front-runner for the No. 2 spot at EPA. Whew, we sure dodged a bullet there. The new leading candidate is not a coal...
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Triclosan: Not Safe, Not Effective

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By David Andrews and Samara Geller, Environmental Working Group The time has come to wash our hands of triclosan and other unnecessary antimicrobial chemicals for good. Triclosan and other antimicrobials, added to many soaps and other everyday products – and found in the bodies...
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CPR Scholar Op-Eds Hit Assault on Our Safeguards from Trump and Congress

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By Matthew Freeman, Center for Progressive Reform Four recent op-eds by CPR Member Scholars underscore the scope and danger of the current assault on our safeguards now being mounted by the president and the congressional leadership. Highlights of the most recent pieces follow,...
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In Defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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By Brian Young, National Consumers League In its short tenure, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), under Director Richard Cordray has done an excellent job  of preventing consumers from harm and helping wronged consumers get the recourse they deserve. The American...
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Treasury’s Treasures for Wall Street

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen In the Treasury Department’s 150-page inaugural financial sector report, responding to a presidential Executive Order, perhaps the most revealing sentence that explains why its recommendations threaten to run the industry off the guardrails is...
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Spin Class for Wall Street Apologists

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Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen Why do Wall Street lobbyists make the big bucks? One reason may be the unembarrassed ability to spin, to cast bad policy as good medicine. Sometimes, they even proffer “facts” from an alternate universe. On June 8, the House of Representatives...
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Chamber’s Brief Lays Bare Crackpot Theory at Heart of Two-for-One Order

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By Amy Sinden, Center for Progressive Reform I don’t know what executive order the Chamber of Commerce is defending in the amicus brief it filed Monday in Public Citizen v. Trump. But it doesn’t appear to be the one at issue in that lawsuit. The lawsuit charges that...
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Signed, Sealed, Delayed? The New Fate of the Added Sugar Rule and Other Safeguards

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By Geena Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The FDA announced this week that it “intends to extend compliance dates” for the nutrition facts label final rules, which will include the separate line for added sugars. We celebrated the finalization of this rule last May as...
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By Rescinding the Persuader Rule, Trump Is Once Again Siding With Corporate Interests Over Working People

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By Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the Trump administration took yet another step against working people by announcing that the Department of Labor (DOL) will rescind its “persuader rule,” which would have helped level the playing field for workers by...
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Craft Brewers to EPA: Keep Protecting Clean Water

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By Becky Hammer, National Resources Defense Council Last month, EPA asked the public to suggest regulations for possible modification or repeal. Instead, the agency got an earful from folks across the country—hundreds of thousands of them—demanding that our nation’s environmental...
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Financial Sector Oversight Will Be Harmed by New Legislation

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By Susan Ervin, Project On Government Oversight U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, DC (Photo: Securities and Exchange Commission / Flickr) Legislation is moving through Congress that would put the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) invaluable...
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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Doesn’t Want to Admit How Enormous the Internet Economy Really Is

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press Good news: A recent poll found that Net Neutrality remains popular on both sides of the political spectrum. Bad news: Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is still hell-bent on destroying it. To justify his ill-conceived plan, Pai has been promoting the...
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Delay of Five Energy Efficiency Standards is Against the Law

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By Lauren Urbanek, National Resources Defense Council As promised, NRDC sued the Trump administration today for delaying five energy efficiency standards that would generate more than $11 billion in energy bill savings and 25 million metric tons of reductions in carbon pollution....
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Pruitt Versus Environmental Cleanup

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By Scott Slesinger, National Resources Defense Council When Scott Pruitt speaks, he knows he must say that EPA needs to go back to its core mission of protecting air and water. The next sentence and paragraph usually then announces a new policy that weakens air and water...
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Trump’s Nominee for Top EPA Enforcement Lawyer Set to Testify. Here’s What We Want to Know.

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform Susan Bodine, an attorney with significant experience on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) at the...
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Kids Defend the EPA

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By Lisa Hoyos, Sierra Club Climate Parents has teamed up with Mobilizing Media, a collective of media professionals, to produce three videos featuring children speaking out to save the EPA from Trump’s proposed deep cuts. “We hope these videos will motivate people who value the...
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The EPA Brings Back Mercury Pollution Rule After NRDC Sues

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By National Resources Defense Council In response to an NRDC lawsuit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency restored a rule to protect the public from mercury pollution. <img typeof=”foaf:Image”...
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Slow and Steady Progress Getting Toxic Chemicals Out of Soaps, Shampoos, and More

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By Dev Gowda, U.S. PIRG If you give consumers the choice between a shampoo containing cancer causing chemicals and one without, and I think it’s fairly obvious which one they’d choose to wash their hair with. Smaller, niche companies used to be the go-to providers for toxic-free...
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Congress Made the Wrong Choice: Destroying Financial Reform

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By Amy Traub, Demos Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to gut financial reform. Members of Congress wrapped up their vote in high-flying language about “choice,” “freedom,” and “jobs,” but there was no hiding the underlying substance: razing the financial reforms...
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Another Week of Weakening Labor Laws and Making Us More Susceptible to a Financial Crisis

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By Heidi Shierholz and Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute In the midst of a chaotic week, Congress and the Trump administration found time to quietly attack important worker protections and undermine the rules and regulations that make our economy fairer for working...
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Trump DOL Signals Rollbacks When Nobody is Watching

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By Catherine Ruckelshaus, National Employment Law Project This week, while all eyes in Washington were focused squarely on blockbuster congressional hearings, the Trump Labor Department has quietly begun to roll back some key worker protections. President Trump’s promise to put...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A Couple Lesser-Known Bits of Mayhem in the Financial CHOICE Act

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By Josh Bivens and Heidi Shierholz, Economy Policy Institute Today the U.S. House of Representatives begins consideration of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a sweeping bill that would make a number of extensive changes to the institutions that oversee the American monetary and...
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Pruitt and Trump Seek to Illegally Delay Air Pollution Standard, Jeopardize Public Health

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Late Tuesday we learned that Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, will illegally attempt to delay the implementation of the 2015 smog pollution standard by one year, yielding to the demands of polluters and their political allies. For...
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“Wrong Choice” Act on House Floor Today Harms CFPB’s Protection of Service Members and Veterans

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By Ed Mierzwinksi, U.S. PIRG UPDATE: Link to our letter to all Representatives opposing the Wrong Choice Act. Original Post: Yesterday we released the U.S. PIRG Education Fund/Frontier Group report “Protecting Those Who Serve,” showing how the CFPB works to protect service...
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7 States Give Pruitt an “F” in Science, Challenge EPA Over Pesticide That Harms Children

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists Back in March, EPA Administrator and science skeptic Scott Pruitt ignored his agency’s own science when he canceled a planned ban on chlorpyrifos, a well-studied pesticide that has been shown to damage children’s developing...
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The Data Are In…and Show That the Fiduciary Rule Will Help Retirement Savers

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By Monique Morrissey, Economic Policy Institute As the Trump administration considers weakening the long-awaited “fiduciary rule”, industry-backed groups continue to release transparently self-serving “research” purporting to show that the rule, which protects retirement savers...
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Join the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press The Trump FCC is doing everything it can to destroy the open internet — and on July 12, the internet is fighting back. On that day, companies like Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla and reddit — along with individuals and groups like Free Press Action...
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Men: The Lead in Your Hair Dye Could Be Harming You

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By Kara Cook-Schultz and Paul Clark, U.S. PIRG Lead acetate is a substance used since the Roman Empire added it as a sweetener to food and drinks. But today we don’t drink it — we know that lead acetate can cause serious health problems. Some health risks posed include lung...
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Regulatory Accountability Act Would Let Corporations Rig the Rules and Block Lifesaving Protections

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By David Rosen, Public Citizen The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2017 (S. 951), soon to be considered in the U.S. Senate, is one of the greatest threats to our regulatory system in decades. The bill would rig the rulemaking process in favor of corporate deregulation and...
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