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Setting the Stage for Another Trump Shutdown

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By David Rosen, Public Citizen The possibility of another Trump Shutdown is growing, and it’s proof that some people never learn from their mistakes – even extremely painful ones. Government shutdowns happen when Congress and the White House are unable to reach agreement on a set...
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Congress Misses the Mark on PFAS in the NDAA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists This year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has turned out to be a missed opportunity for a full-on government effort to do its job of protecting us. While we had high hopes for a strong compromise based on draft language...
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The Trump Administration Is Poised to Gut Environmental Review. What’s at Stake?

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By Sally Hardin and Claire Moser, Center for American Progress In the coming weeks, the Trump administration is poised to make some major changes to how much—or more likely, how little—environmental review and public input is required for federal projects, including for roads and...
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Courts Matter for Workers

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By Alliance for Justice Retail and service jobs can be brutal on the best days, and the holidays exacerbate the mistreatment of working people. For many people who are just trying to get by, the only options for work are service-based jobs that pay federal minimum wage during the...
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This Year’s Defense Bill Has Important Public Health Protections

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By Erik D. Olson and Katie Hobbs, Natural Resources Defense Council Congress has reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020 (NDAA), after a tense year of negotiation. The final bill will, we believe, deliver substantial public health benefits. It...
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Pesticides, Heat, and the People Who Feed Us: Climate Change Is Making Farmworkers’ Dangerous Job Even Worse

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By Rafter Ferguson, Union of Concerned Scientists In a new report released this week, we show that climate change poses dire threats to farmworkers. While conversations around agriculture and climate change have increasingly focused on the devastating impacts of extreme weather,...
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EPA Science Advisors Fail to Reach Consensus on Particulate Pollution Standards

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists This week I’m at the EPA Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) meeting in North Carolina and an expected but disappointing outcome has just occurred: The committee has failed to reach consensus recommendations for the...
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Communities Face Harm When the EPA Dismantles Chemical Safety Protections

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists If chemical facilities are regularly catching on fire or exploding in your neighborhood – like the recent TPC Group plant chemical fire near Houston that dangerously blazed during the Thanksgiving holiday – you would want the...
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Enough Is Enough! It’s Time for the FTC to Protect Consumers From Deceptive Automatic Renewal Clauses

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By Brian Young, National Consumers League If you’re like most Americans ,you have probably had a bad experience with an automatic renewal or—as they are sometimes referred to—a negative option clause. Regardless of the name they go by, these clauses cause...
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Court Hears Challenge to EPA Science Advice Ban

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists UCS’s lawsuit challenging the EPA’s policy banning anyone who has received agency funding from sitting on advisory committees got a hearing today in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Massachusetts. UCS and co-plaintiff Dr....
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Why (Some) Automakers Are Working with the Trump Administration to Undermine the Clean Air Act

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists The Los Angeles Auto Show is just wrapping up, but while my colleague Dave Reichmuth was there getting a sneak peek at what the next couple years have in store, California’s emissions regulators were absent for the first time in 50...
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No More Coal Ash Toxics in Our Waters!

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By Larissa Liebmann, Waterkeeper Alliance For decades, coal-fired power plants have profited from being allowed to dump unlimited amounts of toxic coal ash pollutants into our waterways, pushing the cost of their dirty industry on communities and the waterways they use. In 2015,...
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EPA “Action” on Toxic Chemicals: Thanks, But No Thanks

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council The Trump EPA has again shown it intends to do nothing meaningful to protect the public from the whole class of Teflon “forever” chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals are associated with a wide range of health effects...
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Trump’s Newest SNAP Rule Will Leave Families in the Cold

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By Sarah Reinhardt, Union of Concerned Scientists As the weather turns colder, many of us are pulling out our bulkiest sweaters and diving headlong into hygge. But as we reach for all of our coziest creature comforts to stay warm this winter, there’s one thing that no one should...
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This Thanksgiving, Remember That Hands Grow Your Food

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By Alejandro Dávila Fragoso, Earthjustice One morning many years ago, my best friend and I put cameras and microphones in the back of my jeep and drove to the nearest farm field. Our mission was simple yet daunting: document farm work, officially become filmmakers and show our...
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Automakers Can Build Better Cars, But We Need Strong Standards to Make Them

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists The Trump administration is looking to finalize its rollback of vehicle efficiency and emission standards by the end of the year. The exact level of the standard is expected to be somewhere between “complete and total abdication of...
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The Trump Administration’s Hazy Plans to Weaken Car Pollution Standards Won’t Work. Here’s Why.

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By Paul Cort, Earthjustice The future of the nation’s clean car protections is on the table, and Andrew Wheeler, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is moving forward with a plan that will unleash tailpipe pollution across the country. On Nov. 22, Earthjustice and...
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The EPA’s ‘Censored Science’ Rule Isn’t Just Bad Policy, It’s Also Illegal

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears poised to take the next step in advancing its dangerous “censored science” rulemaking with the pending release of a supplemental proposal. The EPA presumably intends for this action...
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Selling Out Safety

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By Tom Conway, United Steelworkers The March 2005 fire and explosions at BP’s Texas City, Texas, oil refinery killed 15 contractors and injured 180 other workers in ways that will haunt them forever. Some lost limbs. Others suffered horrific burns, head injuries or wounds that...
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States Should Be Allowed to Protect Their Residents From Dirty Tailpipe Emissions

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Striking back against the Trump administration’s attack on clean cars, NRDC and a coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking California and other states from enforcing their own stronger...
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Why UCS Is Suing Trump Over Car Standards

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists On September 27, the Trump administration issued a new rule that purports to take away the right of California and thirteen other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light duty trucks and require increasing...
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Better Markets Opposes the CFTC’s Continued Deregulation Endangering the Financial System

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By Better Markets On Monday, Better Markets filed a comment letter on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed exemption from certain U.S. regulations for certain derivatives clearinghouses organized outside of the United States.  Despite the CFTC’s naming...
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Supreme Court Case Threatens One of the SEC’s Most Powerful Weapons to Fight Fraud

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By Better Markets Making crooks and lawbreakers give up their ill-gotten gains is critical to making sure “crime does not pay,” which is key to deterring future crimes.  After all, if you get to keep what you illegally took, that wasn’t yours, then you are...
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Report Shows SEC’s Whistleblower Program Is Wildly Successful, Should Not Be Weakened

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By Better Markets The SEC just submitted its 2019 Annual Report on its Whistleblower Program to Congress, which proves – again – that whistleblowers perform a vital public service by revealing fraudulent and illegal conduct.  The SEC’s Whistleblower Program was created in the...
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DuPont’s Worst Nightmare: “Dark Waters” Speaks the Truth About PFAS Science

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists The image accompanying the 2016 New York Times piece, “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” has stuck with me since I first read it. The contrast of a man in a dark suit with darkened eyes and a grave face standing on a West...
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Reform Is Long Overdue for FERC’s Gas Pipeline Reviews

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By Gillian Giannetti, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s been almost two years since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced that it would take a fresh look at its 20-year-old policy that guides its reviews of new gas pipeline projects, and almost 18 month...
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New Analysis Shows Government Lacks Plans to Save Endangered Species From Climate Change

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, a new analysis published in Nature Climate Change shows that the US government doesn’t have many plans to conserve hundreds of endangered species that are at-risk of being affected by climate change. The analysis finds that...
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Trump EPA’s Industry-Friendly TSCA Policy Starts to Unravel

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By Daniel Rosenberg, Natural Resources Defense Council When the history of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is written, November 14, 2019 will be remembered as the date when the anti-science policies the Trump administration wrote after the chemical industry takeover of...
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The Terrible Thing About EPA’s Restricted Science Rule That We Aren’t Talking About

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists Alarmingly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to choke off the science that can be considered in the policymaking process in a way that will almost certainly hamper the efforts to monitor and protect people...
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New Bill Cracks Down on Sky-High CEO Pay

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By the Teamsters The Teamsters for years have been at the forefront of pushing back on excessive CEO pay. Now the union is glad to see some on Capitol Hill agree. Lawmakers yesterday rolled out the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act, which would impose tax rate increases on companies with...
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Notable Moments from the Hearing on EPA’s Proposal to Sideline Science

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The House Science Committee yesterday held a hearing on EPA’s horrendous proposal to sideline public health research when it makes decisions. I livetweeted the hearing, as did UCS’s Allison Cain and NRDC’s John Walke. There were...
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Thank You, Congress, for Putting Patients First

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By Rachel Esster, National Women’s Law Center In May, the Trump-Pence Administration finalized a rule that would allow a provider’s personal beliefs to dictate patient care. This week, Congress is fighting back. Members of Congress are joining together to introduce the Put...
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Attack on Dishwasher Standards Hurts Consumers, Environment

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By Joe Vukovich, Natural Resources Defense Council Under the guise of responding to consumer complaints that today’s energy- and water-efficient dishwashers take too long, the Department of Energy has proposed creating a new class of dishwashers that wouldn’t be subject to any...
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Facing Climate Change on US Farms: An Urgent Need for Science-Based Policy

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By Marica Delonge, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s already November, but farmers across the nation are still suffering in the aftermath of a series of extreme weather events that wrought havoc this year. It began with devastating spring flooding and wet weather tha...
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Five Things to Yell About in the EPA’s New Opaque “Transparency” Supplemental Rule

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists A leaked draft of the Environmental Protection Agency’s soon-to-be-released supplemental proposal to their so-called Transparency Proposed Rule from last year shows that the administration is making a bad proposal worse. The...
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Fighting for Your Clean Water in Court

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By Amy Souers Kober, American Rivers American Rivers and our partners are challenging in court the Trump administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for 200 million Americans....
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Updated Restricted Science Rule Spells Reanalysis Paralysis for the EPA

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Instead of listening to over a half million comments and abandoning a truly harmful rule, the EPA has forged ahead with its restricted science proposal, according to the New York Times reporting of a supplemental notice that exposes...
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The EPA’s Move to Handcuff Scientists Will Sicken and Kill People

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doubling down on a proposal that would effectively force the agency to ignore thousands of scientific studies when responding to public health threats and setting pollution standards....
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Courts Matter: Veterans Day

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By Alliance for Justice This week, we celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who served in our armed forces. To ensure that our veterans and servicemembers can enjoy the rights and protections they have sacrificed to uphold, Congress has passed a variety of laws to protect them....
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While GM Fights Stronger Standards, Its Chevy Malibu Proves It Can Meet Them

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By Dave Cooke, Union of Concerned Scientists Recently General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, and other automakers sided with the Trump administration to fight California’s ability to set strong emissions standards. While this fight tramples all over the Clean Air Act and state...
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We Won Our Lawsuit: Another Loss for the Trump-Pence Administration, Another Victory for Patients’ Rights and the Rule of Law

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By Michelle Banker, Lauren Gorodetsky and Sunu P. Chandy, National Women’s Law Center The National Women’s Law Center teamed up with lawyers from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Democracy Forward Foundation, and the firm Covington & Burling to represent...
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Data Gaps and Market Disruptions

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By Dr. Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy If the financial markets were a global plumbing system, inaccurate or incomplete financial reporting would be leaks in the system. A leak here or there wouldn’t disrupt the public’s understanding of the financial...
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Unleashing Corporate Spies

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By Tom Conway, United Steelworkers Google’s computers are spying on its workers. Anytime a Google employee uses an online calendar to schedule a meeting involving more than 100 co-workers, management gets an alert—a great way for the anti-union corporation to sniff out union...
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Missing the Point (Source): A Pollution Case in Hawai’i Threatens to Upend the Clean Water Act Nationwide

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By American Rivers Today the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, a case that could fundamentally change how the Clean Water Act (CWA) has been implemented for decades.  At issue is whether the CWA has jurisdiction over pollution...
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Big Tech Wants a Privacy Law Rigged in Their Favor. Here’s How We’ll Know If It’s a Scam.

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By Emily Peterson-Cassin and David Rosen, Public Citizen New digital privacy legislation is expected to be introduced in Congress in the next few weeks, and there’s every chance the legislation will be the result of a con job. With California’s digital privacy law taking effect...
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The Part of Capitalism CEOs Hate

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By Bartlett Naylor and Rachel Curley, Public Citizen There’s an iconic New Yorker cartoon that pictures a CEO at his annual shareholder meeting, and he’s listening to an apparently unhappy, bepearled, matronly investor. At the dais, one senior executive mutters to another: “This...
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Civil Servants Are Becoming More Visible Heroes, and the Public is Noticing

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s tough reading or listening to the news these days, from impeachment to racial attacks to sidelining science. But what is that? I think I see one! A ray of hope in all of the storm clouds: a growing appreciation for the role...
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Feeling the Heat on Climate Policy from Members and the Public, Chamber Announces Climate Task Force

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By Craig Sandler, Public Citizen A decade ago, Apple Inc. and three large power utility companies famously ended their membership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its policy of obstructing any and all meaningful climate action. This may have stung for the Chamber, but not...
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9 Justices, 30 Minutes: Our Lawyer’s Big Moment at the Supreme Court

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By Jessica A. Knoblauch, Earthjustice One out of thousands. That’s the chance of having your legal case picked to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The odds are so long you’re more likely to be struck by lightning. Oddly enough, Earthjustice attorney David Henkin has...
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Trump’s SEC Chairman Proposes to Disenfranchise Investors and Reduce Shareholder Democracy

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By Brandon Rees, AFL-CIO In a partisan 3-2 vote, the Trump administration’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed to curtail the rights of investors to file proposals for a vote at company annual meetings. If adopted, these changes will hinder shareholder proposals by...
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A Light in Dark Places: NRDC Sues to Defend Efficient Bulbs

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By Joe Vukovich, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and our allies are suing the Department of Energy (DOE) to stop a harmful and unlawful attack on light bulb efficiency standards for many of the most commonly used bulbs in America. On September 5th, DOE finalized the...
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Silenced No More, A Champion of Transparency Speaks Out

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By Rachel Curley, Public Citizen “We should consider giving investors much more transparency into how public companies spend their money on politics,” declared Robert Jackson of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in front of the House Financial Services in September....
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Pipeline Spill Cleanup Plans Deserve a Hard Look

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By Ann Alexander, Natural Resources Defense Council If you had to pick the worst possible environmental disaster that could befall the Great Lakes, a major oil pipeline spill would have to be near the top of the list. And if a spill does happen to our inland waters, it’s...
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Trump Is Stuck in Reverse on Clean Cars

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By Luke Tonchel, Natural Resources Defense Council No big change in Trump-ville when it comes to increasing pollution and making us all pay more for gas at the pump. Recent reports of some tweaks to Trump’s rollback of clean car standards show that this administration is still on...
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“Resiliency” Revealed: It’s a Ploy to Bailout the Coal Industry

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club For years the coal industry has been claiming, without evidence, that the large-scale retirement of coal plants would leave us freezing in the dark, putting the electricity grid at risk. Coal executives and coal-based utilities have repeatedly used...
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Banking Regulators Should Not Give Wall Street’s Five Biggest Banks a $40 Billion Deregulatory Gift for Their Dangerous Derivatives Trading

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By Better Markets The five US banking regulators have proposed to eliminate initial margin requirements on interaffiliate derivatives.  This is a deregulatory gift worth more than $40 billion to Wall Street’s five largest banks who have been lobbying for this because they are...
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On Tap: Seth Siegel’s Masterful Examination of America’s Drinking Water Crisis

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By Ken Cook, Environmental Working Group Top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency had a bold idea: Require water companies to run the nation’s most polluted tap water through the treatment plant equivalent of a Brita water pitcher.   It was 1975. A few years...
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Investors and Retirees Deserve Better Than Conflicted Public Officials Delivering Wins for Private Sector Clients

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By Better Markets This is a perfect illustration of why people look at Washington as a rigged system greased by the revolving door and cash that benefit Wall Street’s biggest banks and insiders and hurt hardworking Main Street Americans. Eugene Scalia, on behalf of his financial...
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As Administration Considers New Plan to Severely Weaken Vehicle Pollution Rules, Several Automakers Align With Plan to Undermine Clean Air Act

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By Consumer Reports This week, several major automakers revealed where they really stand when it comes to protecting consumers. General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, among other automakers who are members of Global Automakers (with the notable exception of...
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Better Markets Supports the SEC Fight for Investors Over the Industry for the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT)

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By Better Markets The Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) promises to be a revolutionary game-changer for the SEC in detecting, deterring, and punishing market manipulation and predatory behavior.  Done right, its importance for investor protection, market stability and capital...
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EPA Contradicts Its Own Statements on FOIA Rule

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By Sean Moulton, Project on Government Oversight The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new final rule in late June updating its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The agency had issued no prior notice that it was working on the rule;...
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Chemical Hazards Make Every Day at Work a Fright Fest

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By Katie Tracy, Center for Progressive Reform On Halloween, nothing seems spookier than a chance encounter with a ghost or goblin, except maybe a zombie. But there is something much more haunting that happens every day. Across the United States, an average of 137 people die daily...
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The SEC Sends Its Regrets

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By Bartlett Naylor, Public Citizen Given that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently proposed to reduce the disclosures that companies must provide to investors– even though those same investors are clamoring for additional information about companies– we took it...
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Clean Water Case at Supreme Court Could Have Ripple Effects Across Country

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By Maggie Caldwell, Earthjustice In late 2014, residents of the small town of Belton in Anderson County, South Carolina, noticed something amiss as they readied for the holidays. The plants along a rural stretch of road were unexpectedly dying. On Christmas Eve, someone walking...
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Let HUD Give Survivors of Domestic Violence Fewer Protections from Housing Discrimination? Not in This House!

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By Elizabeth Skerry, National Women’s Law Center October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a rule, entitled, “HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact...
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Trick or Treat? 5 Ways the USDA Secretary Has Pranked Us

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By Karen Perry Stillerman, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s fun when little kids put on costumes and pretend to be things they’re not. It’s less fun when high-ranking government officials disguise their true identities and intentions. The Trump administration is rife with...
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Report: Monarchs, Other Species Endangered by Pesticides

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By Sylvia Fallon, Natural Resources Defense Council Each year, the Endangered Species Coalition highlights ten species that are facing a particular kind of threat. This year that threat is pesticides. From frogs to owls to whales to bats, pesticides endanger species across the...
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Congress Lifts Voices of Communities Affected by Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists On October 30th, the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force and House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-3) will host a briefing that will lift the voices of underserved communities who have long been...
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Report: When the Trump Administration Sidelines Science, Underserved Communities Face the Worst Consequences

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By Anita Desikan, Union of Concerned Scientists As a public health researcher and a woman of color, I am acutely aware that in the United States some people live in communities which are afforded more science-based protections, allowing them to breath cleaner air, drink cleaner...
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PFAS Contamination Is an Equity Issue, and President Trump’s EPA Is Failing to Fix It

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists We have a big national PFAS contamination problem. PFAS—per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—are a class of man-made chemicals that are used in a variety of products to repel water and grease, including firefighting foam, nonstick...
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90 Years After the Crash of ’29, Markets Are Once Again at Risk

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By Barbara Roper, Consumer Federation of America On October 29, 1929, the U.S. stock market capped a week of jitters by plunging another 12 percent in market value, panicking investors and ushering in a period of economic devastation unmatched in the United States before or...
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Taking a Stand Against the Trump EPA’s Latest Rollback

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By Rebecca Stoner, Sierra Club Trump’s EPA is trying to sneak through a rollback of popular, commonsense controls on methane pollution. (And we do mean popular: Even many oil and gas companies support them). They held just one public hearing on October 17 in Dallas, Texas. But...
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Rocket Fuel Chemical Doesn’t Belong in Food Packaging

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By Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC and partners took legal action to overturn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow the harmful chemical perchlorate to be used in food packaging. “Perchlorate harms kids, and it’s all over our food supply,” says Erik D....
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As New Study Shows Smog’s Deadly Effects, Court Orders EPA to Protect Public

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By Robyn Winz, Earthjustice Emphysema is commonly known as a “smoker’s disease.” Yet a recent study shows that merely living in a smoggy place puts you at higher risk for this lung condition. Instead of working to protect millions of people from the harms of dirty air, the...
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Diverse Support for Hopeful, Bold Electric Vehicle Proposal

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By Luke Tonachel, Natural Resources Defense Council It’s refreshing to hear leaders in Congress talk of big plans to cut pollution from transportation. When that plan is supported from auto industry workers, environmentalists, and car manufacturers, I’m hopeful that new federal...
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Trump’s Refusal of Care Rule: We Took Him to Court, Here’s What You Need to Know

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By Rachel Easter and Michelle Banker, National Women’s Law Center On Friday, NWLC was back in court challenging another Trump Administration rule meant to make it harder for people to get reproductive health care. This time we’re part of a legal team challenging a rule that...
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The First Cut (of EPA Advisory Committees) Is the Deepest

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By Genna Reed, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, EPA announced that as a result of the President’s short-sighted and misguided executive order issued by President Trump in June, it was cutting two committees: the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) and the National...
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A Little-Known Agency That Is Supposed to Protect Workers Is Instead Eroding Workers’ Basic Labor Rights

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By Lora Engdahl, Economic Policy Institute Donald Trump ran for president promising to uplift workers. But his actions have done the exact opposite. According to a new EPI report, Trump appointees on the board of a small, independent agency called the National Labor Relations...
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PFAS Exposure May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

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By Melanie Benesh, Environmental Working Group October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – as you may have noticed from the annual explosion of pink products claiming to fund breast cancer research. However, as the group Breast Cancer Action points out, companies that make...
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Computer Chip Defects Force Consumers to Choose Between Speed and Security

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By John Breyault, National Consumers League October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Since the first observation of this month 15 years ago, the world has gone from about 800 million Internet users to approximately 4.5 billion. Over that same period of time, there has...
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The President’s Latest Senseless Executive Order on Regulations Undermines Public Protection

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists President Trump issued another set of Executive Orders this month claiming to make the regulatory process more transparent and “fairer” to Americans. It does neither. In fact, the whole narrative that federal agencies ha...
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Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Would Be an Environmental Disaster

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By Margaret Cooney and Mary Ellen Kustin, Center for American Progress In 2018, the Trump administration put forward a highly controversial plan to expand offshore drilling off the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic coasts, the west coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska....
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Tell EPA Administrator Wheeler: We Need a Strong Clean Water Act

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By Waterkeeper Alliance Forty-seven years ago on October 18, 1972, the Clean Water Act was signed into law, providing critical federal protections for waters across the United States. But today, the Clean Water Act is under attack. The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to...
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Climate Change Lawsuits Against Fossil Fuel Companies Are Heating Up

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists In the span of four years, there’s been a flurry of litigation aimed at holding the oil and gas industry accountable for its role in spreading climate change disinformation and making the climate crisis worse. Nearly four years ago,...
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If You Care About Cramped Airline Seats, You Should Care About the FAA’s Evacuation Tests

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By John Breyault, National Consumers League Last month, I had the pleasure of testifying before the House Aviation Subcommittee on the implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 reauthorization bill. My testimony touched on many of the pressing consumer...
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Perry’s Odd Definition of Progress on Nuclear Waste

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By Caroline Reiser, Natural Resources Defense Council After months of suspense, Energy Secretary Rick Perry finally confirmed he will resign, boasting in a farewell tweet that under his leadership the Department of Energy “made environmental progress unseen for decades cleaning...
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The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don’t Protect Public Health

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By Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists The Independent Particulate Matter Review Panel has released their consensus recommendations to the EPA administrator on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. The group of 20 independent experts, that...
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Trump Finally Uses (Weaponizes) the Clean Water Act

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By Corinne Bell, Natural Resources Defense Council There’s low. And then there’s rock bottom. The Trump Administration’s EPA takeover, with its race to the bottom rollbacks of the environmental and public health protections that Americans have relied upon for decades, is low; so...
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A Tribute to Rep. Elijah Cummings: Fueled by Compassion, a Champion of Social Justice

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland was different from most other lawmakers we see today. He embodied a moral authority that others try to project but that for him was unquestionably authentic. When he spoke of working on behalf of...
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Air Pollution from Cars, Trucks and Buses in the U.S.: Everyone Is Exposed, But the Burdens Are Not Equally Shared

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By David Reichmuth, Union of Concerned Scientists Air pollution has significant impacts to public health and the cars, trucks, and buses on America’s roads contribute to this problem. While we are all exposed to this pollution, there are significant differences in the average...
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What the Trump Administration Is Doing to Your Water

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By Rebecca Bowe, Earthjustice Everyone and everything needs clean water. Without clean drinking water, humans get sick. Plants, animals, aquatic life, and the entire food web need clean water to survive. That’s why the Trump administration’s efforts to gut federal clean water...
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Scientific Integrity Act Passes Out of Committee With Unprecedented Bipartisan Support

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By Michael Halperin, Union of Concerned Scientists Today, the remarkable happened: the Scientific Integrity Act passed the House Science Committee with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Six Republicans joined all 19 Democrats in attendance to vote the Scientific...
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Another Forest, This Time Alaska’s Tongass, May Be Destroyed — All for Profit

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By Natural Resources Defense Council Today the U.S. Forest Service announced it will be seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (expected later this week) for its plan to open up protected areas of Alaska’s old-growth Tongass rainforest to logging and...
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House Committee to Vote on Scientific Integrity Act

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By Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists The House Science Committee just announced that it will amend and vote on the Scientific Integrity Act on Thursday at 10 am. This is the first time this kind of bill, which would protect the independence of science and scientists...
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For PFAS, Hazardous Designation Is Not a Ban

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By Melanie Benesh and Jared Hayes, Environmental Working Group Designating the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS as “hazardous substances” is critical to cleaning up legacy contamination of a chemical linked to cancer. But some PFAS polluters – and their supporters in...
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Trump Administration Thwarts Consumer Watchdog’s Investigation on Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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By Jacob Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists People suppress the collection of information and data when they are afraid of the results. The Trump administration is no stranger to using this strategy, as we’ve documented time and time again. So, it’s not a surprise that the...
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DOE’s Latest Proposal to “Save” the Incandescent Is Illegal

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By Noah Horowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council As part of its relentless assault on energy efficiency, the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed NOT to update the minimum efficiency standards for the most common light bulbs in our homes and is...
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The Trump Administration’s New Anti-Safeguard Executive Orders on Guidance, Explicated

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Last week, President Trump unleashed the latest volley in his administration’s efforts to bring about the “deconstruction of the administrative state” with the signing of two new executive orders relating to agency...
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What the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Teaches Us About the Federal Bureaucracy

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform Just when it seemed that President Donald Trump was completely immune to accountability for his various abuses of power, impeachment proceedings against him have quickly picked up steam over the last couple weeks. Laying aside what...
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Questions Congress Should Ask the CFPB Director Next Week

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger will deliver the statutory “Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB” to the House Financial Services (10/16) and Senate Banking (10/17) Committees next week. On the House FSC website the hearing is labeled “Who Is Standing Up for...
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