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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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Heads Up—The GOP Is Helping Wall Street Pick Your Pocket

By Monique Morrissey, Economic Policy Institute While the headlines are dominated by White House leaks and personnel scandals, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have been quietly helping the financial industry siphon off your retirement savings. First, the...
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Wall Street Agent or Responsible Chair?

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen The Education Secretary appears uneducated about public education. The Office of Management and Budget nominee didn’t notice his full-time nanny in the house when it came time to account for household employees on his taxes, and doesn’t believe...
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One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Since Election Day and into the first weeks of the Trump presidency, we’ve heard a lot about “alternative facts” and clampdowns on the ability of scientists to present scientific evidence or speak to the press. Congress last week...
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Why the REINS Act Is Unconstitutional

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By Bill Funk, Center for Progressive Reform The so-called Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act) has already passed the House this year, as it did in previous sessions. The current version, which amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA), differs...
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Puzder and the Chamber: A Labor of Love

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By Grace Aylmer, U.S. Chamber Watch It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is feeling “optimistic” about Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, fast food baron Andy Puzder. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and...
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Monarch Population Dips While EPA Re-Approves Pesticide Use

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By Sylvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council The monarch butterfly population has declined yet again to 2.91 hectares—almost 30% less than last year’s population. The monarch population has been in steady decline for the past 20 years—reaching a high of over 20 hectares in...
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709,401 (and Counting) Reasons to #DefendCFPB

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By Sarah Lewis and Corey Klemmer, AFL-CIO The big banks came out swinging at the beginning of the new Congress. What’s at the top of their list for 2017? Raising workers’ wages? Lowering prescription drug prices? Fighting the gender and race wage gaps? Nahh. They’re trying to get...
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How Trump’s Retirement Advice Executive Order Could Affect Your Retirement

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By Shaun O’Brien, AFL-CIO This past Friday, President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Labor to reconsider the Obama administration’s retirement savings protections due to begin taking effect in April, with an eye toward revising or completely eliminating them....
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Carbon Price, Yes. Clean Air Act Rollbacks, No.

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council A group of GOP elder statesmen, economists, and business leaders have proposed a carbon tax to address the growing dangers of climate change. It’s welcome and long overdue to see prominent Republicans acknowledge that “Mounting...
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Donald Trump’s Buy One and Lose Two Regulation Deal is Unconstitutional

By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Imagine a doctor declaring we can’t find a cure for cancer unless we abandon vaccines for polio and smallpox. Or a cop who will only enforce speed limits if we get rid of stop signs and traffic lights. Or a housing inspector who......
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Congress is Trying to Protect Federal Scientists Because President Trump Isn’t

By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Today members of the Senate, led by Senator Bill Nelson, introduced a bill to strengthen scientific integrity in federal decision making. If ever there was a time that such a bill is needed, it is now.   The Trump...
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Moyers on Pruitt

By Tom Valtin, Sierra Club Journalist, political commentator, and native Oklahoman Bill Moyers went on record recently on the Moyers & Company website to say that “President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency might put it on the endangered species...
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Standing Up to Pernicious New Attacks on Federal Climate Scientists

By Peter Frumhoff, Union of Concerned Scientists The time-tested climate denial strategy of attacking the reputations of prominent climate scientists in order to sow doubt about the evidence and risks of climate change is being trotted out again. Exhibit A: The Daily Mail, a...
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Chamber of Litigation

By Dan Dudis, U.S. Chamber Watch On Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Much of the ensuing media coverage focused on Gorsuch’s positions on hot button issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, and affirmative action....
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Scott Pruitt on Ocean Acidification: Wrong Again

By Lisa Suatoni, National Resources Defense Council Much has been written about how Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has tried to reject the science of climate change.  Pruitt’s answers to Senators’ questions about ocean...
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Trump Orders Review of Wall Street Ethics Rule

By Neil Gordon, Project On Government Oversight The Project On Government Oversight is closely following the Trump administration’s rollback of federal rules that increase governmental and corporate accountability and transparency. One such rule that may eventually get the axe is...
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FERC Eliminates Barrier to a Cleaner, More Efficient Market

By Miles Farmer, Natural Resources Defense Council In a huge win for clean energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued an order eliminating a barrier to customer savings and better electricity system efficiency in New York. The order, announced on February...
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New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Is Off to an Orwellian Start

By Dana Floberg, Free Press Late last week, newly minted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai took a page out of Trump’s playbook and issued his own version of executive orders to undercut affordable broadband, greenlight more media consolidation and endanger key protections for internet users....
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The Fate of the Clean Power Plan Under President Trump

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By Angela Anderson, Union of Concerned Scientists Shortly, we are likely to see and hear much more about what jurists, Congress, and the new Administration think about the Clean Power Plan, the cornerstone of our nation’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Regardless of how the...
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Unintended Consequences of the “One In, Two Out” Executive Order: Will America’s Fishermen be the Victims?

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By Ivy Fredrickson, Ocean Conservancy Last week, President Trump signed an Executive Order that intends to reduce government regulations and associated costs to businesses and the federal government. The President claims this will help small businesses, but for the men and women...
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Will the FDA’s Picture of “Health” Match Ours?

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists As we enter month two of 2017, our New Year’s resolutions of leading healthier lives might be starting to plateau. But that of course depends on how we are defining “healthy.” What’s healthy to me might not be the same kind of...
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The Trump Administration’s Two-Pronged Assault on Public Health

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By Myriam Alexander-Kearns, Center for American Progress The 115th Congress and the Trump administration have already set their sights on gutting the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other cornerstone protections that ensure that our air is safe to breathe and our water safe...
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The Cabinet and the Rule of Law

By David Driesen, Center for Progressive Reform To carry out their duty under the Constitution, senators must ask themselves the following question when considering a president’s cabinet nominee: Will this person faithfully execute the laws, even if the president wishes to...
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Congress Prioritizes Coal Interests Over Clean Streams

By Rebecca Bowe, Earthjustice “This is the last thing in the world I thought I would be doing at my age,” says Ron Burnett, a conservative and Rust Belt native who is nearing 70. Burnett is an unlikely opponent of a coal mine. But when he first learned that a...
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President Trump’s Executive Order Threatens Rules That Have Saved Millions of Lives

By Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League The Trump Administration is waging war on regulations. The President signed an Executive Order this week demanding that with every new regulation, two must be rescinded. This is one of the most arbitrary and dangerous edicts ever...
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Pruitt Will Pick Polluters Over Health at EPA

By Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump’s nominee to lead the agency will do nothing to protect public health or the environment. He doesn’t know even the most well established science on public health. He will roll back the vital public health protections...
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CFPB Orders Millions Returned to Consumers Over Rush Card Fiasco

By Maureen Mahoney, Consumers Union Thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, customers of RushCard, the prepaid debit card, will get some much-needed relief after a massive breakdown in October 2015 that left tens of thousands of consumers unable to access their own...
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Half-Not: 8 Things We’d Rather See the Trump Administration Cut in Half

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By John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump’s new directive to cut two regulations for every new one makes as much sense as the call from the former head of his EPA transition team to cut our lead environmental agency in half: zero. If Mr. Trump and his team......
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What’s Congress Doing to our Methane Waste Regulations?

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By Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists Yesterday I spoke at a forum in the Capitol on the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Rule, an event organized by Democratic members of the House Natural Resources Committee. I offered testimony on a panel of experts...
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Executive Order is Two Steps Backwards on Regulations

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight On Monday, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Several previous administrations have issued Executive Orders addressing how the regulatory process should be implemented...
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Trump’s New Executive Order on Regulations: Pure Kafka

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By Michael Jasny, Natural Resources Defense Council Another day, another act of madness. On Monday morning, the President issued an order that completely undermines the way the government does business. Simply put, it requires agencies to target two regulations for elimination...
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Clean Water Protections Under Attack in Early Days of 115th Congress

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By Jenifer Collins, Earthjustice Last November, Americans did not go to polls to vote against protections for our air, water or health. But certain members of Congress backed by polluting industries have taken it upon themselves to unleash a whole new world of legislative attacks...
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Congress Attacks Common-Sense Curbs on Oil & Gas Pollution

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By David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council Republicans in the House and Senate are trying to dismantle a standard to cut dangerous pollution from the oil and gas industry as part of their broad attack on health, environmental, safety, and consumer safeguards. The Bureau...
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Mulvaney as Budget Director: Destructive for Nutrition, Agriculture and the Environment

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By Dr. Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Next week, the U.S. Senate will consider President Donald Trump’s nominee to direct the presidential Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC). Mulvaney will propose huge spending...
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Weakening Fuel Efficiency Standards Is Bad Deal for America

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By Roland Hwang, Natural Resources Defense Council U.S. automaker CEO’s apparently lobbied President Trump to weaken strong fuel economy standards during a White House summit last week. But moving backward on fuel economy standards would be bad deal for America. It would not just...
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Trump’s Latest Executive Order: Scrap Two Regs for the Price of One

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By Amy Sinden, Center for Progressive Reform Remember how Donald Trump bragged he was going to run the country like a business? Imagine if before Trump could open a new casino, he was bound by a rule to close two existing casinos, and the costs of the new casino couldn’t......
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America’s CEO

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By David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council President-elect Donald Trump tells us that he’ll bring his vast business leadership experience to the White House. He promises to use the same techniques that make a business great to make America great. As he takes...
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Thank a Government Scientist Today. Their Work—and Our Health and Safety—Is Under Attack

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Today President Trump signed an executive order mandating that for any new rule issued from an agency, two would have to be revoked. Such a proposal is absurd, illogical, and threatening to our public health and safety. Last...
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America Needs the CFPB Now More Than Ever

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By Sally Greenberg, National Consumers League Given the multiple fusillades the week-old Trump Administration has lobbed at civil liberties, the environment, and abortion rights, the attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) might seem rather minor. But nothing...
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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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By Matt Shudtz, Center for Progressive Reform As long as Donald Trump is in the White House, progressives should harbor no delusions that the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going to be a wool-socks-in-Birkenstocks tree hugger. Scott Pruitt is...
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A Scott Pruitt Appointment Means More Mercury in Our Fish

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By James Pew, Earthjustice Late last year, Scientific American reported some good news. After rising relentlessly for years, the level of mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna has started to drop. Why does this matter? When tuna eat prey animals packed full of mercury...
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President Trump Just Put Your Child’s Safety at Risk

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By Kathleen Rest, Union of Concerned Scientists My guess is that most parents are far too busy to be following what President Trump did yesterday with the stroke of a pen. But his hot-off-the press Executive Order (EO) has serious and long-term implications for keeping your...
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Congressional Vote Threatens Paychecks and Workplace Safety for Millions of Federal Contractors

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By David Madland and Karla Walter, Center for American Progress Congress is set to take the first steps today to block, through a resolution of disapproval, the final regulations of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order issued by President Barack Obama. This seemingly...
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Executive Order on Federal Regulations Contravenes the Rule of Law

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By Jessica Felix-Romero, Farmworker Justice President Trump’s executive order issued on Monday requiring elimination of two regulations per each single new regulation issued represents a sound-bite approach to governing that is irresponsible and contrary to the rule of law.  “The...
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Deregulation Nation: Congress Wants to Let Corporations Take Charge

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By Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza, Center for American Progress The new congressional session is still in early days, but members have wasted no time laying the groundwork to give Congress and the courts unprecedented power to vitiate critical federal regulations and prevent new...
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GOP House Majority Rushes to Halt Pro-Worker Rules

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By the Teamsters Not content with trying to dump pro-worker regulations by the prior Obama administration, the GOP majority in the U.S. House wants to halt virtually all future rules, too. Their vehicle? A bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act, pushed through over labor and...
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Five Big Arguments Against a Trump Attempt to Fire Cordray

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By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform They’re spinning hard. ​Lobbyists for big Wall Street banks and predatory lenders are pushing the Trump Administration to fire CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and they’re telling reporters it’s a done deal. They’re hoping their spin...
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Trump EPA Nominee Answers Senators With Contempt & Extremism

By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has nominated Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt’s career reflects an extreme antagonism to the very agency the president wishes him...
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Trump’s Federal Government Hiring Freeze Hurts Taxpayers and Workers

By Karla Walter, Center for American Progress Action Fund On January 23, President Donald Trump signed a freeze on the hiring of federal employees, a move that echoed President Ronald Reagan’s action 36 years earlier to block new federal hiring. Both men were delivering on...
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The First Week: Trump’s Assault on River Protection

By Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers Since President Trump took office on January 20, his administration has begun aggressively stripping away protection for rivers, wetlands and clean water. If successful, these actions will have lasting impacts on our clean drinking water...
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Science Must Trump Politics at the USDA, Especially During Turbulent Times

By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists It has been a rough week for scientists at federal agencies. As the administration has changed over and new leadership is beginning to find its footing, there has been a flurry of emails and directives coming down to agency staff....
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Government Gag Orders Put Public at Risk

By Sean Moulton and Emily Manna, Project on Government Oversight Every new administration brings with it changes in policy, priorities, and messaging. That’s normal. What’s not normal, however, is the Trump administration’s attempt to place a number of federal agencies...
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Rep. Mulvaney is the Wrong Choice for OMB–Two Constituents Say Why

By Jim Lardner, Americans for Financial Reform Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s choice to oversee the federal budget, said he hears only complaints about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). That could be because he is listening to the financial services lobby, not...
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Gutting the EPA Hurts Real People

By Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists News reports indicate that the Trump administration has big plans underway to undermine the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency working to protect our health and the environment from pollution. One...
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New Congress = New Attack on Wolves

By Elly Pepper, Natural Resources Defense Council Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming last week introduced the “War on Wolves Act (S. 164),” a companion bill to legislation introduced on January 10 in the House (H.R. 424) that would end federal protections for wolves...
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Trump’s Wrong Choice for OMB

By AFSCME The director of the Office and Management and Budget is a critical Cabinet-level appointee who oversees the budget-planning process for all federal agencies. Whoever fills that role has enormous responsibility for and influence over how taxpayer dollars are spent....
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Disqualifying: EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Misled Senators

By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I presented the following testimony at a Senate Democratic roundtable explaining two reasons why...
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Congress Is Opening the Door to ‘Alternative Facts’ in Budget Policy

By Harry Stein, Center for American Progress Shortly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway claimed that false statements coming from the White House were actually “alternative facts.” The new administration’s disregard for the...
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Obama Overtime Rule May Find New Life in the States

By Omar Tewfik, AFSCME In response to right-wing efforts to block an Obama administration rule that would’ve expanded overtime pay protections to millions of workers, progressive legislators in some states are looking to take matters into their own hands. Last year, the Obama...
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Student Loan Servicer Navient

By Sarah Lewis & Rob McGarrah, AFL-CIO The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the attorneys general of Illinois and Washington directed the spotlight on the country’s largest student loan servicer, Navient, in a federal lawsuit filed last week. And the...
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Five Reasons Mick Mulvaney Is a Bad Choice for OMB—and for Women and Families

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By Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center Hearings on President-Elect Trump’s cabinet nominees are in full swing, and here at NWLC we don’t have a lot of nice things to say about his picks like Jeff Sessions (Attorney General), Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), Tom...
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This Week, CFPB Sues TCF Bank for Overdraft Schemes and Loan Servicer Navient for “Failing” Students

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Despite an escalation of longstanding threats from big Wall Street banks and other special interests — including renewed demands to the new Congress to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and even to the new President to fire its...
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What to Expect—and Ways to Respond—as the Trump Administration Assumes Power

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My Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Tomorrow, Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. We are entering a time of significant uncertainty; it will be many weeks before the administration is fully staffed with lower-level political appointees....
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Yes We Did: The Fight For Clean Air and Water, Clean Energy and the Climate During the Obama Administration

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club On President Obama’s final day in office, here’s something I’m incredibly thankful for — our air and water are a lot cleaner and safer than they were eight years ago, and we still have a fighting chance to turn the corner on climate change,......
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The Dirty 31: Is Your State Arguing Against Clean Water?

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By Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice “The Dirty 31” is what we’re calling the 31 states that recently joined the usual suspects—big polluting industries, corporate agribusinesses and mega-developers—in attacking the EPA’s Clean Water Rule in federal court. These states aggressively...
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New Rule Cracks Down on Corporate Muzzling of Whistleblowers

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By Neil Gordon, Project on Government Oversight Last week, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA issued a final rule that will deny taxpayer funds to businesses that force employees to sign away their rights to blow the whistle on possible fraud,...
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Paving the Way for an Efficient Light Bulb in Every Socket

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council The U.S. Department of Energy has just updated and expanded its definition of what constitutes an everyday light bulb in our homes and businesses, paving the way for the Trump administration to implement the second phase of a...
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Workers Share Workplace Violence Stories, Win Commitment for Federal OSHA Standard

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By Rebecca L. Reindel and Eunice Salcedo, AFL-CIO The Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a stakeholder meeting last week on preventing workplace violence in health care and social assistance—industries where nurses, social workers, emergency response workers, home...
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Scott Pruitt Is the Worst Candidate Ever Nominated to Lead the EPA

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Scott Pruitt spent much of his Senate confirmation hearing trying to explain why he sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a 2011 complaint on his official Oklahoma attorney general letterhead, when the letter was actually...
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Why We Need a Strong CFPB, in 5 Numbers

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By Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the U.S. Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The CFPB is the first federal...
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Broad Opposition to Trump’s EPA Pick, “Polluting Pruitt”

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By Pete Altman, Natural Resources Defense Council Opposition to Donald Trump’s pick for US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pouring into Congress from a wide range of organizations representing a millions of Americans with diverse interests. Why is Oklahoma Attorney...
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Two Surprising Facts About NOAA

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By Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists This week the US Senate committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation holds the nomination hearing of Wilbur Ross for Secretary of the Department of Commerce. If confirmed, Ross will take the helm of the department that has a...
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Scott Pruitt Sides with Polluters to Overturn Power Plant Carbon Pollution Limits

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s nominee to be EPA Administrator, has fought for years to prevent EPA from limiting the carbon pollution from power plants that is driving dangerous climate change. EPA’s Clean Power Plan...
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What You Need to Know About Scott Pruitt

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By Sierra Club Today, Scott Pruitt will go before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for his confirmation hearing — and we’re likely to hear more on why he is the most unfit and dangerous person ever tapped to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:...
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Will Perry Try to Undo Big Years of Clean Energy Progress?

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By Elizabeth Noll, Natural Resources Defense Council When Rick Perry faces his Senate confirmation hearing tomorrow, the former Texas governor’s  goal will be to convince all of us that he’s up to the task of running the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). America has enjoyed years...
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The Scott Pruitt Nomination: Bad for the Environment, Bad for our Future

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By Trip Van Noppen, Earthjustice Never before has a person been nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency whose record is as antithetical to the agency’s mission as that of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. That’s why Earthjustice is standing alongside hundreds...
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‘Dirty Bundle’ of Regulatory Bills Threatens Vital Safeguards for Americans

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By Marty Hayden, Earthjustice Republicans in the House of Representatives have launched into 2017 with an attempt to dismantle vital government safeguards that keep American communities safe, healthy and protected. In the past 10 days, House Republicans passed three bills that...
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The Upcoming War on Our Health and Environment

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By Rhea Suh, Natural Resources Defense Council Before Inauguration Day, the Trump era has opened with an extremist agenda that poses an alarming threat to our people, our environment, and the core values we share about justice, fair play, and our commitment to leave future...
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Can President Trump Uphold Scientific Integrity in Government Decisionmaking? New Report Tells What’s At Stake

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists Last week, the US Department of Energy released a revised scientific integrity policy in what was likely the last move by the Obama administration to promote scientific integrity in federal decision-making. But we cannot forget...
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CFPB Report Finds 1 In 4 Consumers Feel “Threatened” By Debt Collector Tactics

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG Today, we joined Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray and Washington, DC attorney general Karl Racine at their public event to release major CFPB survey data (CFPB release) on problems consumers face with illegal debt...
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The Truth About Pruitt’s EPA Lawsuits Is Even Worse Than You Might Think

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water and climate regulations, rather than suing...
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EPA Keeps Clean Car Standards Strong for 2025

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council The Environmental Protection Agency has made an official final determination to keep in place the existing clean car standards for new automobiles through model year 2025. The finding is the result of years of technical data...
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EPA (Correctly) Affirms Vehicle Standards, Despite Automaker Misinformation

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists EPA finalized its determination today that the current light-duty vehicle global warming emissions standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate. This adjudication affirms what we have said all along—manufacturers are currently ahead of...
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Open Government Win on Toxic Pollution

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to expand a toxic pollution reporting program to include natural gas processing plants. The proposed rule is an important win for open government as it will...
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Scott Pruitt’s Extremism Makes Him Unfit to Lead EPA

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By John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt’s primary previous connection to EPA is that he has joined with...
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Good News: EPA Requires Nanomaterials Data

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Are there nanomaterials in your closet? If you don’t know the answer, you may soon—thanks to a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule. Nanomaterials consist of smaller-than-microscopic chemicals, and they’re used in...
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Experts Support EPA Proposed Ban on Chlorpyrifos

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By Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council Over forty-five scientific researchers, medical doctors, nurses, and public health professionals sent EPA a letter urging EPA to cancel the remaining agricultural uses of this dangerous neurotoxic pesticide, and praising the...
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The Department of Energy Just Created a Powerful Tool to Protect Its Scientists

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s harder to create good science, and to follow the evidence where it leads, when your work can be easily corrupted by political meddling. The Department of Energy has significantly expanded protections for its scientific...
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