HSGAC Letters from the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

May 1, 2015


In the spring of 2015, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) — the Senate committee with jurisdiction over federal regulatory policies and programs — reached out to various businesses, trade associations and special interest groups to gain insight into the effects of federal regulation.

Unsurprisingly, replies sent to the Committee from industry groups focused on the costs of regulation with little or no regard to the benefits, the burden of rules on businesses, and older rules that large corporations would like to change or eliminate.

To offer a more balanced perspective, CSS members were invited to participate in the Committee’s request. Coalition partners responded with thoughtful and unique insights, well-reasoned recommendations and important case studies highlighting the benefits of public protections to our society.

Response letters from CSS addressed a wide variety of consumer and consumer product protections, worker health and safety standards, public health mandates, financial rules and environmental regulations at the federal level. The benefits of public protections, the costs of delayed rules and the impacts of weak and inadequate regulations were among the major themes. Read the letters below.



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Center for Effective Government

Center for Progressive Reform

Consumer Federation of America


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Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

Natural Resources Defense Council

Public Citizen

Union of Concerned Scientists