Deregulatory Disasters: Americans Harmed by Deregulation Speak Out Against the Regulatory Accountability Act

Press Conference Will Show the Importance of Public Protections

Contact: David Rosen,, (202) 588-7742

Aug. 2, 2017

WHAT: People who have been harmed by inadequate regulatory protections will share their tragic stories at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Economic Policy Institute. They also will call on Congress to reject the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951), which would shut down our system of public protections.

From dangerous cars to unsafe food to harmful consumer products, these heartbreaking and emotional stories will illustrate the far-reaching impacts of the corporate-backed deregulatory agenda pushed by Congress and the White House by showing how it affects the lives of workers, consumers and families.

After telling their stories, panelists will be available for individual media interviews.

WHO: Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel, Consumer Federation of America (moderator)
Amber Adamastos (Portland, Ore.), who was denied justice due to forced arbitration
Dr. Paul Brooks (Vienna, W.V.), whose community suffers from contaminated drinking water
Chrissy Christoferson (Bend, Ore.), whose 10-month-old son was poisoned by salmonella in a toddler snack
Penny Dryden (Wilmington, Del.), whose community suffers from widespread industrial and chemical pollution
Timothy Frink (Hollywood, Md.), whose 3-year-old granddaughter died because of a window blind cord
Miles Harrison (Purcellville, Va.), whose 21-month-old son died in a hot car

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 10
Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

WHERE: The Wellstone Room at the Economic Policy Institute
1225 I Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C.


Watch a live-stream of the press conference.