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Trump Just Signed a Law Ditching Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

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By Andrea Johnson, National Women’s Law Center As promised, President Trump just signed into law a bill overturning the regulations implementing Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Because who wants to be paid fairly and be safe at work?! Um . . . last I...
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Congress OKs Ruthless Killing of Iconic Wildlife—What Next?

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By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Republicans in Congress just did the unthinkable, and by all counts risked political suicide, by bringing to the Senate floor—and then passing—legislation (H.J.Res.69) that would allow egregious and inhumane “predator control”...
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EPA Chief’s Big Test: Ban Pesticide Hazardous to Kids’ Brains

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By Sonya Lunder, Environmental Working Group As one of his first major decisions as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt must rule by the end of this week on the safety of chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate pesticide that can harm children’s developing...
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USDA Announces That It Won’t Test Food for Roundup

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Coming on the heels of newly released emails showing Monsanto pressured Environmental Protection Agency officials to declare glyphosate is not a carcinogen, the USDA’s testing of glyphosate residues in food has coincidentally been put on hold....
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The Importance of Dodd-Frank, in 6 Charts

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By Gregg Gelzinis, Michela Zonta, Joe Valenti and Sarah Edelman, Center for American Progress Introduction This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and House Financial Services Committee both hold hearings on topics that involve the Dodd-Frank...
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Net Neutrality Protesters Face FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press This morning, more than a dozen protesters from Free Press, Demand Progress, Open Media, Popular Resistance and the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press took a stand for Net Neutrality at the FCC. Activists wearing “Protect Net Neutrality” T-shirts...
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Regulation Is Not Dead Yet

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By Phil Mattera, Good Jobs First Donald Trump tries to give the impression that his crusade against business regulation is moving ahead rapidly. While several rules have been rescinded and more are threatened, it turns out that for now the enforcement systems at most agencies are...
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The Safety of Coal Miners — and Every Worker in America — Is at Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Three and counting.  That’s how many coal miners have been killed on this job so far in the first two and a half months of this year. Two in West Virginia and one in Kentucky. You don’t know them, but you can be...
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No More Bumbling — Bee Cleared for Endangered Species Listing

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By Daniel Raichel, Natural Resources Defense Council There are times—even today—when law and science triumph over politics. Hard to believe, I know, but that’s exactly what happened this week when the Trump Administration backed away from its “freeze” on listing the rusty patched...
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Trump’s Torrent of Extremism Distracts from Major Issues like Lead Poisoning

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By Keith Rushing, Earthjustice Nearly two months of President Trump’s “shock and awe” tactics have much of the nation understandably reeling from an unprecedented onslaught of extremism. We’ve seen nationalistic chest-thumping, immigrant bashing and Islamophobia. Trump mixes his...
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Efficiency Standards & Test Procedures: No Reason for Delays

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued delay notices this week for two energy efficiency standards and three test procedures, which does nothing but create uncertainty for manufacturers and industry where there should be...
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Urgent Action Needed: Help Small Farmers Fight Back Against Big Business

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By Amit Narang, Public Citizen It likely won’t come as a surprise to readers of this blog that big spending Big Business special interest lobbyists have a chokehold on policymaking in Washington DC. Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to the desire of Big Business to...
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Preventing Workplace Injuries Depends on Good Record-Keeping

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By Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute On a bipartisan basis going back at least to the Reagan administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—the Department of Labor agency that enforces the right of workers to have a safe workplace—has required...
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Fact-Checking the Trump Administration’s Claims About EPA’s Vehicle Standards

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s been one week since the administration caved to auto industry lobbyists and reopened the mid-term review of the EPA’s successful vehicle efficiency standards.  In that time, there’s been a lot of hot air around what this means for...
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Can Congress Measure the Cost of a Child’s Life?

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By Nisma Gabobe, Public Citizen Product safety advocates led by the Consumer Federation of America held a briefing recently on the importance of regulations for consumer product safety. The briefing was in response to a hearing held by the Senate Commerce, Science and...
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Investors With $3 Trillion in Assets Call for CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure

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By Brandon Rees, AFL-CIO Today, more than 100 institutional investors with a combined $3 trillion in assets under management sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in support of a CEO-to-worker pay ratio disclosure. The signatories of the investor statement...
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Profits Before People: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Litigation Hall of Shame

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By Grace Aylmer, Public Citizen In a previous piece, we wrote about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s very busy litigation practice, the issues the Chamber litigates most frequently, the government agencies it most often opposes, and the giant multinational corporations its...
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Counting the Attacks on Science by the Trump Administration and Congress

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Today the Union of Concerned Scientists launches a webpage to track attacks on science by the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress. The page will be consistently updated, and we’re planning to add a filter option t...
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Why We Can’t Let Congress Dismantle the Endangered Species Act

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By George Leonard, Ocean Conservancy One of my favorite conservation success stories happened in the ocean. In my home state of California—southern sea otters were hunted to near extinction for their fur coats in the early 1900’s. But miraculously, a small population of fifty...
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Where Do We Stand After 50 Days of the Trump Administration?

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By Bob Irvin, American Rivers We recently completed the first 50 days of the Trump administration and one thing is already clear. While chaos has been the operative word as the Trump era begins, underlying the disarray a deliberate attack on rivers, clean water, and the...
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As EPA Embarks on Dangerous Experiment in Federalism, How Will States Respond?

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By Evan Isaacson, Center for Progressive Reform In the early 1970s, Congress passed the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act on nearly unanimous votes. The overwhelming support for these new laws reflected not only the horrific condition of America’s air, water, and landscape at the...
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Ahead of the CFPB Rule, Congress Prepares for a Showdown Over the Future of Forced Arbitration & Consumer Class Actions

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Amanda Werner, Public Citizen and Americans for Financial Reform Last week, lawmakers laid the groundwork for a battle over consumer rights and forced arbitration that likely will play out through the spring. First, congressional Democrats introduced several bills to restore...
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The Resistance Must Be Digitized

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By Joseph Torres and Malkia Cyril, Free Press Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president. From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around the world to the mass protests...
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Labor Unenforcement

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By Phil Mattera, Corporate Research Project Once upon a time, a key component of American populism was the demand for stricter controls over big business: in other words, regulation. Today, the country’s purported populist in chief is instead promoting the dubious claim that...
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Will Congress Turn Its Back on the Safety of America’s Workers?

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Let’s say someone you care about—mother, father, wife, husband, partner, son, daughter, friend, and neighbor—works in a facility that’s had a history of serious injuries or illnesses. You know, like burns, amputations, and broken...
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Trump Has Declared War on the EPA: 5 Chilling Examples

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By Jeremy Symons, Environmental Defense Fund While running for president, Donald Trump threatened to virtually eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaving only “little tidbits.” Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA administrator, has been tasked with the job of tearing down...
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Rolling Back EPA’s Clean Car Standards Is Bad for America. Here’s Why.

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By Jason Mathers, Environmental Defense Fund Last month, a group of American carmakers urged President Trump to remove cost-effective vehicle emission and fuel efficiency standards in an attempt to capitalize on changing political winds in Washington. Trump didn’t waste any time:...
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The REINS Act: A Threat to Good Government and Clean Water

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By Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration are saying “regulatory reform” a lot. It sounds boring – but it’s code for a dangerous corporate giveaway that could unravel the basic safeguards we take for granted by...
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President Trump Has a Wrecking Ball (and It’s Aimed at the Climate)

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists The wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency is taking aim at the foundation of our country’s response to climate change. Today, the Trump Administration is announcing a re-opening of the fuel efficiency/emissions standards for...
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Who Pays for Rolling Back Regulations?

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By Joe Valenti and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Center for American Progress The new Congress and administration seem to understand—as Oscar Wilde once quipped—the price of everything and the value of nothing. The House of Representatives is quickly advancing bills that would cripple...
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EPA Pulls Back Sound Policy Judgment at Behest of Auto Industry

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rescinded the determination that the EPA standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate.  This decision was made at the request of automakers seeking to supplant more than four years of robust, technical...
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Trump Administration Attacks Public Health Protections with Proposed Cuts to EPA Budget

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By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists News reports indicate that the Trump administration’s ‘skinny budget,’ to be announced tomorrow, will include draconian cuts to the EPA’s staff and budget. It’s pretty clear that despite President Trump’s claims that he will wo...
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Skinning Clean Energy Budgets Risks Our Money, Jobs and More

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By Elizabeth Noll, Natural Resources Defense Council The biggest consumer savings program you’ve never heard of may be just one of dozens of Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives at risk of deep cuts under President Trump’s extreme new budget proposal. Funding for DOE’s hugely...
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Stand Up for Science: 5 Ways Scientists Can Make Their Voices Heard

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists As the Trump Administration and the new Congress have gotten down to work, there is a lot of chaos and confusion. But there are a few clear themes. There is a concerted attempt to enact by executive order or statute major...
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Attacking Regulation Using Slogans, Not Analysis

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By Joseph Tomain and Sidney Shapiro, Center for Progressive Reform The Trump administration’s fundamental hostility to government is by now plainly apparent. The President issued an executive order requiring agencies to get rid of two regulations for each new one that is adopted....
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Wall Street Invests Billions to Avoid Regulation

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By Rio Tazewell, People For the American Way During the last election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions, according to a new report out by Americans for Financial Reform. This equates to more than...
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Time Is Ripe for EPA to Lead on Drinking Water Issues

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By Anjali Waikar, Natural Resources Defense Council When President Trump announced that the person slated to head the EPA was, in fact, the same person whose mission appeared to be to gut the EPA, we all cringed. And yet, during his nomination hearing, then-Attorney General...
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If the CFPB Is Weakened, Won’t the Credit Bureaus Run Amok (Again?)

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Many are aware of the great work the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been doing since it was set up just over five years ago. It has already provided consumer refunds or other relief totaling nearly $12 billion to 29 million consumers harmed...
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The FCC and Congress Are Messing With Your Privacy

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By Amy Kroin, Free Press Your online privacy is at risk. Last October, the FCC adopted strong rules requiring internet service providers to get your consent before they surveil, sell or collect personal information beyond what’s needed to provide broadband access. Hardly anyone,...
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Why I Reject Trump’s “Dirty Water Order”

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By Kim Noble, Green for All Last Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order gutting protections for wetlands and drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans. But what really caught my attention was that on the same day, he signed another order to supposedly...
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Why the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act Is Bad for Science

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Congress’ perennial bill, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, has again reared its ugly head. The bill seeks to change the requirements for the EPA’s advisory committee to give industry greater influence while adding extra...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 thi...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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FERC Should Remove Barriers to DER & Storage in Markets

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By Jennifer Chen, Natural Resources Defense Council The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—the agency tasked by Congress to remove barriers to competition in the wholesale electricity markets—has proposed a rule seeking to remove several such obstacles to electric...
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President Trump’s Opening Salvos on Clean Water and Other Public Health Safeguards

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Earlier this week, we heard two things from President Trump about clean water. In his address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, he talked about protecting and ensuring clean water. That’s an important goal and one...
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Contractor Fair Pay and Workplace Safety Rules in Peril

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight On Thursday, the Senate passed a motion to proceed on a resolution to block Labor Department regulations requiring companies bidding on federal contracts to disclose violations of federal and state labor laws from the past three...
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Don’t Drain This Swamp!

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By Pat Gallagher, Sierra Club Donald Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule—also known as the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule—issued under the Clean Water Act. His Executive Order instructs the EPA to consider...
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Beryllium Exposure: Trump Administration Delays Protecting Workers from a Devastating Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, President Trump’s Labor Department announced it would delay the effective date of a new standard to protect workers exposed to beryllium on the job, from March 21 to May 20. Part of the president’s regulatory freeze, the...
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5 Reasons Congress Shouldn’t Mess with the Endangered Species Act

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By Rebecca Rowe, Earthjustice Recently, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing to discuss “modernizing” the Endangered Species Act. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the committee chair, has long made it a priority to weaken this landmark conservation law, so...
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Regulations: America’s Unsung Heroes

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight Congressional bills get all the attention. They even get a Schoolhouse Rock song. When an important law gets passed, there’s usually a presidential signing, pens get handed out, and handshakes all around for a job well done. But is...
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Recent Trump Anti-Reg Order Could Breathe New Life Into Dangerous Old Law

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform The first rule of reading anti-regulatory bills, executive orders, and other policy prescriptions is: Sweat the hyper-technical, anodyne-sounding stuff. And President Donald Trump’s February 24 executive order on...
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Trump Admin and Congress Want to Destroy Public Protections

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By Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council In his speech to Congress, President Trump simultaneously continued his attack on the regulatory system and continued to claim that he supports clean air and water, among other public goods.  The problem is that the way we’ve...
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Trump Administration Wants to Delay Rule Protecting Savers From Conflicted Investment Advice

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By Monique Morrissey, Economic Policy Institute Following a directive from President Trump, the Labor Department has proposed a two-month delay in implementing an Obama administration rule requiring financial professionals to act in clients’ best interests when recommending...
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No, They Don’t, Mr. Pruitt

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By Robert Glicksman, Center for Progressive Reform In his first speech upon assuming his duties as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt informed the agency’s employees that “regulators exist to give certainty to those that they regulate.” No, Mr. Pruitt, they do not....
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Racial Justice Leaders Mark the Two-Year Anniversary of the Net Neutrality Rules

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By Dana Floberg, Free Press Last Sunday was the two-year anniversary of the FCC’s Open Internet Order, the monumental victory that enshrined Net Neutrality principles in strong rules backed by Title II legal authority. On Monday, a coalition of racial justice leaders and open...
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The Chamber’s (Never-Ending) War on Workers

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By Dan Dudis, U.S. Chamber Watch The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s war on workers was dealt a significant blow when fast food king Andy Puzder’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor collapsed. As we detailed three weeks ago, Puzder and the Chamber were simpatico on many issues of...
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Trump Budget Attacks Clean Air & Clean Water Protections

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By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump is planning the most extreme and reckless budget attack on the enforcement of clean air, clean water and environmental protections in the nation’s history. Trump administration sources tell reporters that the White...
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Congress Is Laser-Focused on Rolling Back Protections for Workers, Consumers and the Environment

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By Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute This week, the House of Representatives will consider three bills that further advance a deregulatory agenda that jeopardizes worker safety, consumer protections, and our environment. The House has already passed several bills this...
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President Twists Truth About the Clean Water Rule

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump may have set some kind of record on Tuesday making eight false statements about a single rule in the span of just a few minutes. While signing an executive order he said was aimed at “the elimination” of the Clean...
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Congress’ Latest Attack on Public Protections Would Endanger Workers

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By Emily Gardner, Public Citizen If you’ve watched Samantha Bee recently, you already know that Republicans in Congress are working with President Trump to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to undo a wide range of commonsense Obama administration rules.  The CRA allows...
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President Trump Attacks Clean Water

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By Jon Devine, Natural Resources Defense Council Today, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to begin repealing the Clean Water Rule, a landmark measure many years in the making. Likewise, new EPA...
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CFPB Is on the Job Protecting Consumers

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG While powerful special interests, Senators from Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer of Nebraska to Ted Cruz (TX), joined by Jeb Hensarling (TX), the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and the White House all call for dismantling the...
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The Dirty 31: Is Your State Arguing Against Clean Water?

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By Janette Brimmer and Jennifer Chavez, Earthjustice Today, President Trump issued an executive order directing the EPA to roll back the Clean Water Rule. The rule was put in place by the Obama administration to help ensure that ALL waters of the U.S. are protected, not just...
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Congress Moves to Prioritize Corporate Profits Over Health and Safety

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By Myriam Alexander-Kearns and Alison Cassady, Center for American Progress Since January, the Trump administration and its allies in Congress have launched an all-out attack on federal standards and safeguards designed to protect public health, consumers, and the environment. In...
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Attacks on EPA, Environment Prompt Outcry at Town Halls

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By Pete Altman, Natural Resources Defense Council President Donald Trump plans to beef up military spending by draining the budgets of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal departments, according to the New York Times. But if last week’s town hall meetings...
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Labor Secretary 101: Why It Matters

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By Danielle Corley and Jocelyn Frye, Center for American Progress The Senate will soon hold a confirmation hearing for R. Alexander Acosta to serve as the secretary of labor, after President Donald Trump’s first pick, fast food CEO Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination amid...
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Environment Under Attack as Trump Addresses Congress

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council The president has launched a senseless assault on decades of hard-won protections for our water, air, and health. Manatee Springs State Park, Florida Michael Warren/iStock In his 1970 State of the Union Address, President Richard...
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Congress Wants Land Agency to Ignore the Facts and Future

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By Robert Glicksman and Alejandro Camacho, Center for Progressive Reform Imagine you come across a colleague sitting at his desk amid piles of yellowed papers. When you ask what he is working on, he says it’s his annual family budget. “What’s with all the old...
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Republicans Seeking Regulatory Reform Threaten Public Health and Environmental Protection

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By Nisma Gabobe, Public Citizen At a recent U.S. Senate hearing, Republican members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee argued in favor of eliminating important public health safeguards under the auspices of supporting small business owners and working families,...
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NRDC Sues EPA to Hold Stormwater Polluters Accountable

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By Becky Hammer, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC filed two lawsuits this week against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to enforce the Clean Water Act against stormwater polluters in the Baltimore and Los Angeles areas. Privately-owned commercial,...
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Incompetent Corporate Managers: Raise Your Hands

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen On Feb. 6, Michael Piwowar, acting chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), invited corporate managers to file public comments noting any troubles they’re having complying with a new rule. This rule, mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank...
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What’s At Stake? Trump’s Potential Anti-Environmental, Anti-Public Health Orders By the Numbers

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets – the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule, and the federal coal leasing moratorium –...
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Congress Does Industry’s Bidding by Cutting Public Safeguards

By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The past month has not been kind to environmental and public health protections. A bevy of science-based rules are now on the chopping block thanks to the congressional sleight-of-hand called the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which...
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Marginalizing Transgender Students Weakens Science and Diminishes America

By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday, the Trump administration turned back the clock on civil rights by giving schools more rights to discriminate against and bully transgender kids, some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The New York Times...
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Tracking Obama’s Corporate Crime Crackdown Coda

By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight In the 72 days between Election Day last year and the inauguration, federal agencies obtained more than $20 billion in penalties and settlements from dozens of companies accused of defrauding consumers or risking public health and...
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Nearly 200,000 People Urge the FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

By Katherine Fuchs, Free Press On Valentine’s Day, tens of thousands of Free Press members sent out love letters to the open internet that described why they need Net Neutrality. Today we delivered these messages to the FCC —  including these two: “Don’t harm innovation — save...
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Why Records Matter to Worker Safety

By Jordan Barab, Economic Policy Institute Another week and Congressional and White House attacks on worker rights and safety continue. Here’s another proposed Congressional action guaranteed not to make headlines, but which will nevertheless have a damaging impact on worker...
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Banking Interests Target the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Maureen Mahoney, Consumers Union The sharks are circling around the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB), the consumer watchdog that was created to defend consumers – and protect the economy – in the wake of the financial crash of the late 2000’s. In the last few weeks,...
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The Little Known Law Gutting Environmental & Consumer Protections

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By Bret Thompson, Public Citizen We all deserve clean air and water, safe workplaces and household products, fair wages and honest business dealings. But the regulations that protect these things are more in danger than ever before. President Trump and Republicans in Congress are...
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First Prepaid Cards, Then the Rest of Your Wallet

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress The U.S. Congress has wasted no time rolling back Obama-era regulations affecting health, safety, and the environment, and Americans’ wallets may be next. Congress is expected to soon attempt a rollback of a new Consumer Financial...
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Trump’s Moves to Protect Polluters Are Sickening

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council From disastrous rollbacks to confirmation of the worst-ever EPA head, this administration is hell-bent on destroying the health of our environment—and the American people. A gas drilling rig near homes in the Colorado Rockies iStock...
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Supreme Court Showdown Over Nursing-Home Arbitration

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By Scott Nelson, Public Citizen About a million-and-a-half Americans, mostly elderly, are in nursing homes. Mortality rates in nursing homes are high, and abuse and neglect are common. When victims and their families sue nursing homes for deaths or injuries resulting from...
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Lead: The Sneaky Ingredient in Your Lipstick and Lotion

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By Anna Low-Beer, U.S. PIRG Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration announced new guidelines for the level of lead allowed in lipstick and other cosmetics. I know what you’re thinking: isn’t there already a rule that says that lead — a toxic heavy metal — is...
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The Big Gas Giveaway: Flaring, the Congressional Review Act, and Trump’s Present to Big Oil

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By Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth The Congressional Review Act is a powerful and until recently rarely used legislative tool. It can bypass the Senate’s filibuster to reverse recently finalized federal regulations with only a simple majority from Congress. Successfully deployed...
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How Every State Benefits From Energy Efficiency Standards

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By Lauren Urbanek, Natural Resources Defense Council Your new refrigerator and clothes washer do more than just keep your food cold or clean your clothes. They save money and energy, too – and a new report shows just how much standards are savings households in every state. As...
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The Man Who Sued the EPA is Now Running It. What Does That Mean for the Environment?

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists Voting largely along party lines, Congress just confirmed Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—an attorney who has spent his professional career suing the EPA to stop the agency from performing...
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GOP Begins Anew Its Attack on the Endangered Species Act

By Nora Apter, Natural Resources Defense Council Today—just barely a month into the 115th Congress—Republicans held an oversight hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) titled, “Modernization of the Endangered Species Act.” Of course, anyone who has...
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The Financial Services Industry Doesn’t Want You to Care About This. We Do.

By Clyde Weiss, AFSCME Retirees, especially those who lack pensions, depend on their savings to last the rest of their lives. Some seek the help of financial advisers. But those advisers aren’t required to put their clients’ best interests ahead of their own. They often steer...
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Connect the Dots Between Climate Change and Public Health

By Kim Knowlton, Natural Resources Defense Council Over 700 people—most of them elderly or poor—died prematurely during the 1995 Chicago heat wave. This public health disaster resulted from a deadly combination of extreme weather with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees...
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Trump’s First Law Is a Gift to Exxon and Despots

By Franz Matzner, Natural Resources Defense Council Republicans in Congress and President Trump have made it easier for oil, gas, and coal companies to bribe foreign governments without accountability. Together, they killed a recently finalized Securities and Exchange Commission...
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