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NSA Spying, Tax Fraud Join Trade Debacle (11/12/13)

Although the horrendous TPP (“Trans Pacific Partnership”) pact is the most pressing global trade story here in the U.S., the current round of the TPP’s European cousin (aka TAFTA) is taking the cake in Belgium for sheer entertainment value. Read more...

Report: Trade deal threatens safety rules (11/11/13)

An alliance of safety, labor and public interest organizations is warning that a potential trade deal with the European Union could weaken American safety standards and regulations. Read more...

Public Interest Groups Call For Changes To Broken Regulatory System (10/25/13)

A panel of public advocates said Friday that new laws being considered by Congress will not help heal an ineffective regulatory system. Read more...

Consumer groups tell senators to reject piecemeal funding bills (10/8/13)

An alliance of left-leaning consumer safety organizations is urging the Senate to oppose legislation that would end the government shutdown for some individual agencies. Read more...

The REINS Act shows, again, just how f’ing crazy the House GOP is (8/7/13)

Last Friday, the House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act on a largely party-line vote of 232-183. I wrote about REINS as part of this piece, so I’m just going to quote myself Read more...

Delamaide: Where new bank rules may go to die (7/9/13)

It appears that the government office designed to make federal rule-making more efficient is one of the most inefficient agencies in Washington. Read more...

75 Years Later, Home Care Workers Are Waiting To Get Minimum Wage And Overtime Protection (6/25/13)

June 25th marks 75 years since the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. The law guaranteed workers a minimum wage and overtime pay. Read more...

Consumer groups scold administration over delay to rearview camera rule (6/21/13)

On Thursday, the Transportation Department hit the breaks on a long-delayed rule to require rearview cameras on new cars, a delay that critics claim will cost lives. Read more...

White House Agency Delays Life-Saving Regulation (6/21/13)

The White House’s regulatory review office delayed action on a regulation aimed at improving child safety in new cars on Thursday, which would require new automobiles to include systems allowing drivers to more easily see into the blind spots left by their rearview mirrors. Read more...

Feds delay backup camera rule ... again (6/21/13)

What's a human life worth? That's the question that is now holding up adoption of a rule that would require backup cameras on new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. Read more...

Coalition of Labor, Public Interest Groups Fault OIRA, Offer Slate of Regulatory Reforms (6/20/13)

The June 11 report spotlighted eight rulemakings it said have been unduly held up, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's silica rule, which was sent to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs more than two years ago and has not moved forward since. Read more...

Markey, Gomez talk Keystone XL - Obama fundraising for Markey today - OIRA nominee gets hearing today - Vitter’s questions for Macfarlane - Natural Resources marks up offshore energy bill (6/12/13)

A pipeline that would run from Alberta, Canada to the Texas coast got major airtime during a debate in Massachusetts last night. Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez sniped back and forth about the Keystone XL pipeline while debating in Springfield, Mass., and Gomez used the opportunity to connect... Read more...

U.S. Regulatory System “Stymied by Special Interests” (6/12/13)

A broad-based alliance of public interest and other groups is warning that years of attacks by business interests has made the U.S. regulatory so inefficient that public safety is being put at risk. Read more...

The Most Important Hearing in Washington This Week (6/12/13)

Though it won’t garner many headlines nor blocks of cable news coverage, a Wednesday morning hearing on Capitol Hill has massive import for potentially millions of Americans waiting for the government to enforce some basic health and safety regulations. Read more...

‘Reg Czar’ Makes Senate Debut; Bloomberg Thinks Big on Climate Planning (6/12/13)

Consumer advocates are looking to turn today’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Howard A. Shelanski, into a forum on the pace and effectiveness of regulation under the current administration. Read more...

Lifesaving protections vanishing down regulatory 'rabbit hole,' study says (6/11/13)

The federal government’s failure to finalize key regulations is compromising the American public’s health, safety and finances, according to a study issued Tuesday by a coalition of more than 100 public interest groups. Read more...

Is the White House delaying too many health and safety rules? (6/11/13)

One of the most frequent complaints from progressive groups during the Obama era is that the White House has taken too long to finalize key regulations on everything from energy-efficiency standards to mine safety. Read more...

Both sides seek insight about OIRA nominee (6/11/13)

Administrative law experts are gearing up for tomorrow's highly anticipated -- at least in the arcane world of federal rulemaking -- nomination hearing for the next regulatory czar. Read more...

Progressives bang drums for 'course correction' at White House reg office (5/16/13)

Late last month, Obama nominated Howard Shelanski to be his next administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Read more...

Bloomberg: Faulting OIRA a s Anti - Regulatory, Groups Urge Tough Questioning of OIRA Nominee (4/30/13)

Several public interest and government watchdog groups April 26 expressed wariness about the nomination of Howard Shelanski to serve as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an office they say has a history of blocking needed regulation. Read more...

Bloomberg BNA: Lautenberg Bill Would Increase Penalties For Failure to Register Dangerous Chemicals (4/29/13)

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced legislation April 25 that would make companies subject to criminal charges and civil penalties if they fail to register dangerous chemicals stored on site. Read more...

The Hill: Unions, watchdogs press Obama pick to end secrecy on regulations (4/9/13)

A coalition that includes unions and watchdog groups is pressing President Obama’s budget nominee to bring more transparency to the review process for regulations. Read more...

The Hill: ‘Tsunami’ of GOP budget amendments draws swift rebuke (3/21/13)

A collection of consumer groups warned Thursday that a "tsunami” of proposed amendments to the Senate budget would undermine the federal regulatory system, leaving the American public unprotected against health and safety dangers. Read more...

Washington Post: The REINS Act - Using Congress to undermine laws (6/10/12)

Katherine McFate and Robert Weissman respond to “Hauling in the REINS” by George F. Will. McFate and Weissman argue that the REINS Act would be harmful in terms of its effect on public protection and ineffective in terms of its process. Read more...

Perfidy of unregulated corporations (3/28/12)

In an America without government regulation, our lakes and rivers would undoubtedly be far more polluted; our forests, if they still stood in the absence of logging restrictions, would be devoid of wildlife for hunting quotas would not exist; air pollution would be prevalent since there would be no such... Read more...

Huffington Post - JOBS bill a colossal mistake of historic proportions (3/19/12)

With the so-called JOBS bill, on which the Senate is due to vote Tuesday, Congress is about to make the same kind of mistake again -- this time abandoning much of the 1930s-era securities legislation that both served investors well and helped make the US one of the best places... Read more...

Washington Post - Overwhelming majority of Americans want stronger regulations (3/14/12)

The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that government regulations of the food industry, car safety, workplace safety, prescription drugs, and even environmental protection should either be strengthened or be preserved as they are, with only a small fraction believing they should be reduced. Read more...

Lansing State Journal - Health and safety regulations are no joking matter (2/9/12)

A couple of one-liners about regulatory laws in Michigan and the United States earned some giggles for our comedians-in-chief during both the State of the State and the State of the Union addresses, with Gov. Rick Snyder fixating on toilet seats, and President Barack Obama reaching for a pun about... Read more...

United Press International - Lack of demand, not regulations, holding businesses back (2/5/12)

We've all heard the arguments: Regulations are strangling U.S. businesses. It's been a staple in the Republican playbook for years. But a funny thing happened last week. The American Sustainable Business Council, the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority released a survey blaming the stagnant economy not on... Read more...

The Hill - Small business polls reject anti-regulation rhetoric (2/1/12)

The truth is that small business owners favor regulations to protect the air, water, food, financial system and themselves (from big business). Wall Street and the oil and coal lobbies should stop using small business as an excuse to run roughshod over regulations and take our nation backwards in time... Read more...

The Hill - Killing regulations endangers jobs and workers (1/12/12)

Theres nothing serious about the GOP's supposed job creator bills that the House of Representatives passed along party lines late last year, unless your goal is to do serious damage to the governments ability to protect Americans through sensible rules and protections. Read more...

Huffington Post - Republican Nonsense on Regulation (12/28/11)

A persistent GOP line of attack against President Obama is that he's inflicted an intolerable "regulatory burden" on American businesses. Mitt Romney, for instance, has been telling campaign crowds that the Obama administration has issued four times as much regulation as past presidents. Read more...

CNN - When the market rules, the big guy wins (12/18/11)

Regulations and government restrictions, like the federal antitrust law, help create a level playing field for entrepreneurs and small businesses wanting to grow. They establish the rules of business that allow real competition to work for the consumer and give small businesses a fighting chance. Read more...

The Tenneesean - Deregulation bills are bad for small business (12/14/11)

Both the Regulatory Accountability Act and the REINS Act are being promoted under the pretext of helping small businesses. This is despite the fact that, in survey after survey and interview after interview, real small-business owners are saying that what we need is more customers more demand not... Read more...

New York Times (LTE) - When Business Is Regulated, and Isnt (12/13/11)

Regulation did not cause the jobs crisis. Its also true that it was precisely deregulation and regulatory failure the failure of financial regulators to control Wall Street and big banks reckless speculation and other activities that led to the financial collapse that plunged the nation and the world... Read more...

CNBC - Opinion: How the REINS Act Fails Small Businesses and the Economy (12/8/11)

The REINS Act will hurt rather than help small businesses because it fails to address the sluggish economy, the lack of consumer demand, or the need for safeguards that make the financial system more robust and reliable. Read more...

New York Times - The Wonky Liberal (12/5/11)

Republicans have many strong arguments to make against the Obama administration, but one major criticism doesnt square with the evidence. This is the charge that President Obama is running a virulently antibusiness administration that spews out a steady flow of job- and economy-crushing regulations. Read more...

Washington Post - GOP takes aim at process of crafting regulations (11/30/11)

According to the study by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, the RAA would add 21 to 39 months to the rulemaking process, which can already stretch into several years when businesses and agencies jostle over the details of implementation. Read more...

Roll Call - House GOP expands regulation fight (11/29/11)

Each of these bills would make it virtually impossible for federal agencies to ensure that American families are protected from tainted food, unsafe drugs, predatory financial schemes, dirty air and water, and dangerous workplaces, wrote the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, which includes more than 70 consumer and public interest groups,... Read more...

Roll Call - No End for K Street Deficit Lobbying (11/22/11)

A coalition of consumer, labor, health, scientific, environmental and government watchdog groups is gearing up for a post-Thanksgiving push to fight new GOP-authored bills aimed at reining in federal rules. Read more...

Greenwire - Groups tryng to strip Democratic support from rule-curbing bills (11/22/11)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards -- a group of 70 labor, environmental and consumer organizations -- is visiting congressional offices this week, while the Natural Resources Defense Council and others are waving red flags in the media about the "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act," or "REINS... Read more...

Washington Post (LTE) - Regulating vs. protecting jobs (11/17/11)

The current policy debate on jobs and regulation is not driven by a good-faith difference of opinion. Rather, it reflects a back-door campaign by business lobbyists to prevent enforcement of popular, protective laws. Read more...

Portland Press Herald - Maine Voices: Businesses don't need 'timeout' (11/13/11)

Speaking as a business owner, I honestly wish too much paperwork and "regulatory uncertainty" were the biggest problems facing my business. They're not. My biggest problem is a much more urgent one: a shortage of customers. Read more...

Washington Post - Does government regulation really kill jobs? Economists say overall effect minimal. (11/13/11)

Economists who have studied the matter say that there is little evidence that regulations cause massive job loss in the economy, and that rolling them back would not lead to a boom in job creation. Read more...

The Hill - Regulatory reform good for multinationals, yet bad for you (11/1/11)

There is no way to describe the Regulatory Accountability Act in any other simpler terms than to call it what it isa budget-busting, anti-democracy, Corporate Attorneys Full Employment Act. Read more...

The Nation - The GOP's Deregulation Obsession (10/31/11)

Its hard to imagine a worse time for big business to conduct a full-blown attack on regulatory protections. The country continues to suffer from a deep recession caused in large part by financial deregulation and underenforcement of existing rules. A string of corporate disastersthe BP oil gusher, the Massey coal... Read more...

The American Prospect - Running Out the Clock on Government Regulations (10/25/11)

House Republicans have made no secret of their desire to roll back the legislative accomplishments of the first two years of the Obama administration. Here's a sampling of how the REINS Act would hurt American families... Read more...

Huffington Post - National Poll Says America Wants the EPA (10/23/11)

A new national poll demonstrates that the loudest voices are distinctly out of touch with the public's preference for strong regulations to protect the country's health. Voters aren't buying the specious "jobs versus clean air/water" argument. More importantly, they have a clear preference for the findings of Environmental Protection Agency... Read more...

New York Times - Party of Pollution (10/20/11)

Last month President Obama finally unveiled a serious economic stimulus plan far short of what Id like to see, but a step in the right direction. Republicans, predictably, have blocked it. But the new plan, combined with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, seems to have shifted the national conversation.... Read more...

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