MEDIA INVITATION: Senators Warren, Whitehouse to Keynote Hill Briefing on Regulatory Challenges

Speakers Will Address Regulatory Challenges, Lessons Learned

June 16, 2016

WHAT: Members of the press are invited to attend a briefing, hosted by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards and Public Citizen, which will address a variety of regulatory challenges facing the current administration and future administrations. The briefing will address the hurdles agencies must overcome to protect American workers, families and consumers; the causes and consequences of regulatory delay; lessons learned during the Obama administration; and regulatory challenges the next administration is likely to face.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will deliver opening remarks, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will conclude the event. The briefing will include two panels that feature former administration officials, academic experts on administrative law and leading public policy advocates who have fought to strengthen the regulatory process.

At the event, Public Citizen will announce original research findings on the extent of regulatory delay, based on comprehensive data from the past 20 years of rulemaking. Among the major findings, the research shows that the largest and most protective rules experience the most delay and that public health and safety agencies experience greater delays than other agencies.

WHO: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen
Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Wendy Wagner, professor of law, University of Texas School of Law
Lisa Heinzerling, professor of law at Georgetown University, former associate administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Policy
Curtis Copeland, former specialist in American government and former head of Executive Branch Operations, Congressional Research Service
Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel, Consumer Federation of America
Rob Glicksman, professor of environmental law, George Washington University
Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division
Mike Tanglis, senior researcher, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division
Peg Seminario, director of safety and health, AFL-CIO

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 28

WHERE: Room 485, Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C.

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

This event will be live-streamed.