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House eyes tighter rules for reporting cost of regs (1/30/15)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) says the bill would give businesses special access to regulators and block hypothetical future rules without the public knowing. Read more...

The Days of Wine and Droning (1/29/15)

The case of the intoxicated government worker who flew a drone onto the White House lawn launched a million jokes. It led me to conclude that, like so many other things in American society, this is a matter about which people differ depending on whether they live in a crowded... Read more...

This is just a horrifying paragraph about food safety in America (1/29/15)

This week's New Yorker has a terrific feature about some of the problems with food-safety regulation in America. Everyone should go read his piece, but the anecdote below stands out. Read more...

Democrats call for new food safety agency (1/28/15)

Congressional Democrats are calling for the creation of a new independent food safety agency. The new department would combine the efforts of the 15 agencies currently overseeing the different aspects of food regulations and safety. Read more...

Your Up-to-Date 10-Day Forecast for Capitol Hill: A Blizzard of Antiregulatory Bills (1/28/15)

A large mass of conservative hot air has recently moved into the Washington, DC, region where it is now combining with a high pressure zone of intense industry lobbying. As a result, we can expect over the next several days a heavy downpour of bills aimed at eviscerating our... Read more...

ASBC asks House to throw out regulatory reform bill (1/27/15)

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is asking the House Judiciary Committee to throw out the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, saying it would hurt not help small businesses. Read more...

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Bill Promotes Big Industry Interests In the Guise of Helping Small Business (1/27/15)

Under the cynical guise of helping small businesses, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (SBRFIA, H.R. 527).The real intent of this legislation is to add procedural hurdles to delay public safeguards, expand big industries’ influence in the rulemaking process, and... Read more...

Senate Democrats Join GOP Attack On Financial and Environmental Regulation (1/26/15)

Four Senate Democrats are working with Republicans to help the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other GOP-affiliated lobbying groups undermine financial and environmental regulations. Read more...

GOP wants to wreck government, not govern (1/26/15)

It was revealing when House Republicans made a top priority of the Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill designed to make it nearly impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Protection Financial Board (CFPB), and other agencies to carry out their statutory missions of safeguarding the public. The... Read more...

Banks are better off for more regulation, says Deutsche Bank boss (1/21/15)

Banks are better off for most of the new regulations that have been introduced in the wake of the financial crisis, according to the boss of one of the world's largest lenders. Read more...

Regulators: Coal dust samples compliant with new rule (1/21/15)

MSHA director Joe Main says the results show miners should be breathing cleaner air at coal mines. Read more...

Advocates Hope Health & Safety Regs Part of SOTU (1/20/15)

The Center for Effective Government is hoping President Obama will spend part of his State of the Union Address Tuesday night reiterating his support for stronger public health and safety protections. Read more...

Clinton: Focus more on wages, less on regs (1/16/15)

"Attacking financial reform is risky and wrong. Better for Congress to focus on jobs and wages for middle class families," Clinton tweeted on Friday. Read more...

Groups hail Obama's paid leave order (1/16/15)

The National Partnership for Women and Families said Obama’s push is the boldest action in support of family friendly workplace policies it has seen in generations. Read more...

House Passes Bill to Make Everything Harder and Worse (1/15/15)

The RAA for its part would hamper the rule issuing and enforcing processes currently in place for clean air, clean water, safe food, stable financial markets, safe workplaces, and fair wages. Read more...

Obama to push for mandatory paid family leave (1/14/15)

The White House will announce a major push Thursday to require paid leave for American workers. Read more...

Industry Groups Made Up This Number to Attack Public Protections (1/14/15)

The $15,000 figure has serious methodological problems — even the report admits it is “not scientific” and “back of the envelope” — and we fear these caveats are being forgotten... Read more...

Obama to call for new methane regulation in State of the Union (1/13/15)

Methane is the second biggest driver of climate change, after carbon dioxide. On a 20-year timescale, it is 87 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas. Read more...

Republicans Prepare Another Dodd-Frank Attack (1/13/15)

House Republicans will again try to hamstring the Volcker Rule, after Democrats knocked down a previous effort last week. Read more...

Obama waves veto pen at GOP regulations bill (1/13/15)

The White House is threatening to veto legislation designed to curb some of the Obama administration’s most costly regulations. Read more...

House Republican Push to Roll Back Wall Street Regulations Fails (1/8/15)

A push by House Republicans to roll back a series of Wall Street regulations failed to advance Wednesday amid resistance from Democrats, an unexpected setback for the GOP’s efforts to use its increased majority to ease financial rules. Read more...

Press Conference Coverage: Introduction of Hide No Harm Act (7/28/14)

Video coverage of the Hide No Harm Act press conference featuring Senators Blumenthal and Casey, as well as CSS co-chairs Katherine McFate and Rob Weissman. Read more...

Major Companies Distance Themselves From U.S. Chamber Campaign Against Obama’s Climate Plan (6/4/14)

Days before President Obama’s EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced sweeping new rules to limit the amount of carbon pollution that existing power plants can dump into the atmosphere, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report blasting the then-unreleased regulations as certain to raise electricity prices, kill jobs, and slow... Read more...

Op-Ed: Don't buy the smear of the EPA (6/4/14)

The nation's worst polluters and their allies have launched a propaganda campaign to convince you that the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon pollution standards are nothing more than a backdoor energy tax that will kill jobs and cost you money. Read more...

Oil Spills In Wildlife Refuge After Republicans Dismiss Need For New Regulation (6/4/14)

Two weeks after Republican lawmakers dismissed the need for new rules on drilling in national wildlife refuges, federal agencies are cleaning up a crude oil spill in a Louisiana refuge. Read more...

Labor Department unveils rule to protect coal miners following Center investigation (5/27/14)

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that it plans to issue a new rule to address recent disclosures that lawyers representing coal companies have withheld medical evidence from miners in black lung benefits cases. The announcement comes after a recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity detailed a... Read more...

Forcing health insurers to do what's right - Wendell Potter Commentary (5/27/14)

The first time I blew the whistle on health insurance companies was during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in June 2009. Last Wednesday, almost five years later, I appeared before that committee again to give a progress report on how Americans have been benefiting since Congress enacted reforms in 2010... Read more...

Obama Power-Plant Pollution Rule Upheld by U.S. High Court (4/29/14)

The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda, upholding a rule designed to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants in 28 states. The justices, voting 6-2 to overturn a lower court, said the rule was within the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act. The regulation... Read more...

Long-awaited US rule on coal dust to be announced (4/22/14)

Top federal labor and mine safety officials are heading to West Virginia to release a long-awaited final rule on coal dust. Read more...

One Year After Texas Disaster, Report Looks At Schools Located Near Chemical Facilities (4/16/14)

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The research was released ahead of the April 17 anniversary of an explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant, which killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others.... Read more...

Return to Normal in Parts of West Virginia Is Marred by Distrust (1/15/14)

Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund, an advocacy group, said the government calculation of a safe level appeared to be based on a single study by the chemical’s manufacturer, never published, and that it included several leaps of reasoning that he called unfounded. Read more...

Spending bill halts Obama regulations (1/15/14)

“It’s not surprising to see the House try to enact their wish list gutting public health and safety protections through backroom dealings and anti-democratic channels, since their agenda is fundamentally unpopular with the public and has no chance of passage through transparent and democratic means,” said Amit Narang, a regulatory... Read more...

Budget deal puts squeeze on financial regulators (1/15/14)

Kelleher's biggest concern is the low funding levels that the $1.1 trillion fiscal 2014 spending bill allocates to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is tasked with overseeing derivatives that were at the center of the crisis. The bipartisan bill provides $215 million to the CFTC, $100 million less than... Read more...

GOP’s anti-regulations push hits snag (1/14/14)

Green groups say a series of high-profile environmental accidents are making the case for tougher safeguards on the nation’s energy infrastructure. The spill of a coal-cleaning chemical in West Virginia last week and a pair of recent North Dakota train wrecks involving crude oil expose the need for stronger federal protections,... Read more...

WSJ: West Virginia Chemical-Spill Site Avoided Broad Regulatory Scrutiny (1/13/14)

The site of a West Virginia chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people operated largely outside government oversight, highlighting gaps in regulations and prompting questions on whether local communities have a firm grasp on potential threats to drinking water. Read more...

Chemical Spill Leaves Thousands Without Water in West Virginia (1/11/14)

Nearly 200,000 people in Charleston, W.Va., and nine surrounding counties were without drinking water on Friday after a chemical spill contaminated supplies, the West Virginia governor’s office said. The spill was discovered Thursday at a storage facility about a mile north of a water treatment plant on the Elk River, where... Read more...

The Financial Crisis: Why Have No High-Level Executives Been Prosecuted? (1/9/14)

Jed S. Rakoff: If the Great Recession was in material part the product of intentional fraud, the failure to prosecute those responsible must be judged one of the more egregious failures of the criminal justice system in many years. Read more...

Small business hiring at an eight-year high (1/8/14)

Good news on jobs: Small businesses added more workers in December than in any other month in nearly eight years. That's according to the National Federation of Independent Business' monthly survey of small business owners. Read more...

JPMorgan Chase Nears a $2 Billion Deal in a Case Tied to Madoff (1/6/14)

The bank plans to reach as soon as this week roughly $2 billion in criminal and civil settlements with federal authorities who suspect that it ignored signs of Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, according to people briefed on the case. Read more...

A Roadblock to Brawny Bank Reform (1/5/14)

Gretchen Morgenson: Last month, Bloomberg News reported that unnamed Fed officials were suggesting that approval of the proposed leverage ratio be put off until overseas regulators agreed to a framework that would apply to their nations’ banks as well. Arguing for international agreement on regulations is a time-honored stall tactic... Read more...

Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Pact (1/3/14)

His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the United States and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution. Read more...

FDA Crackdown on Antibiotics Relies on Unproven Steps (1/3/14)

“We are going to be able to continue the same practices and call them something different,” says Sasha Lyutse, a policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “These routine prevention uses are where the rubber hits the road. Unless you close those loopholes, you are not going to see... Read more...

Video: Business Behaving Badly (1/2/14)

Despite having to paying millions or even billions of dollars in fines, many companies look at the payments as just the cost of doing business. Read more...

NHTSA moves ahead on backup-camera regulation (1/2/14)

The reworked regulation, submitted to the White House on Dec. 25, would set new rear visibility standards for light vehicles sold in the United States. No details on the plan, submitted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, were made available. Read more...

The Fix Isn’t In: Why a Safety Device That Can Stop Overdoses by Kids Isn’t Widely Used (12/30/13)

To gauge their effectiveness, Consumer Reports – an independent, nonprofit testing organization – tested the devices found on 31 different products, duplicating the ways a child was most likely to squeeze, shake or suck medicine from the bottle. The results, which were shared with ProPublica, confirmed that all models of... Read more...

On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands (12/27/13)

The hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job — an increase of more than 100 percent since 2009. Read more...

New rules for power line workers in the offing (12/23/13)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards have been in the works for more than a decade and would update the more than 40-year-old safety rules for the industry, which is considered one of the country’s most dangerous. The White House’s regulations office, which puts new regulations through an interagency... Read more...

5 years after coal-ash spill, little has changed (12/22/13)

Five years later, coal ash remains largely unregulated. Read more...

40 Years of the Endangered Species Act " Facts, Stats, Stories and Photos (12/20/13)

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the world’s most powerful law protecting plants and animals from extinction. Read more...

Fox News Accidentally Endorses Environmental Regulations In Frenzy Of Attacking Obama (12/20/13)

Fox News likes regulations. That is, Fox likes regulations that the Obama administration reportedly delayed ahead of the 2012 election. Read more...

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