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House to Vote on Godzilla-Sized Rule Blocker, as Financial Committee Considers Smaller Rollbacks

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By Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG UPDATE: The Reins Act (HR 427) passed the House today on a near-party line (243-165) vote (see below for discussion, Public Interest Vote = NOE). In the House Financial Services Committee today: Today at 2pm, the House Financial Services Committee...
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Trying to Stop Another Nanosilver Pesticide

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By Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council Yogi Berra said it best: It’s like déjà vu, all over again. The Environmental Protection Agency is again giving a nanosilver pesticide product a conditional registration, despite not having all the toxicity data it needs to...
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New White House Initiative on FOIA Expands Government Transparency

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By Scott Klinger, Center for Effective Government In the days following the 49th anniversary of the nation’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on July 4, the White House announced a new FOIA-related pilot program involving seven federal agencies. Under the new policy, dubb...
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VIDEO: Bad Bosses Working Overtime

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by Michael Byrne, AFSCME Jeb Bush says we need to work longer hours. Scott Walker says the minimum wage is “lame” and signed a budget that eliminates the weekend. Marco Rubio says we need to run the country according to what business says it needs. Donald Trump says … well,...
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The SBA Office of Advocacy . . . Taxpayer Funded Lobbyist for Berkshire Hathaway?

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By James Goodwin, Center for Progressive Reform When it commenced on June 1, OIRA’s review of the EPA’s draft final rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants launched a flurry of lobbying activity among a veritable who’s who of America’s largest fossil...
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Recent Spills Give More Reason to Move Beyond Oil

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By Franz Matzner, Natural Resources Defense Council Big Oil has dealt North America a battering this month as we’ve seen spill after spill hit the headlines. Label it negligence or an inevitable reality of oil production, the impact is the same: oil and its byproducts are...
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Now the Senate’s Trying to Torpedo Net Neutrality

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By Candace Clement, Free Press No member of Congress should be allowed to dismantle good public policy by sneaking language into funding bills. But that’s exactly what’s been happening in the latest attack on Net Neutrality. This “legislation by appropriation” tactic is a...
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Protecting Streams from Coal Mining

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By Christopher Williams, American Rivers The origins of rivers are small unnamed networks of wetlands and waterways that come together above and below ground as they flow downstream eventually forming your favorite streams and creeks. The health of these small streams and...
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#BumpDay: Ensuring Healthy Pregnancies by Fighting Big Coal’s Mercury Pollution

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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club My daughter Hazel is five-years-old now and about to start kindergarten this fall. I’ve loved watching her become the smart, adventurous, and loving little girl she is today. She’s a tough kid, but I know I’ll worry about her even...
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Clean Power Plan Foes Batting 0 for 6 in the Courts

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By David Doniger and David Baake, Natural Resources Defense Council It is becoming increasingly clear that foes of the Clean Power Plan have no more regard for our judicial system than for the health and welfare of American families. Since 2012, they have clogged the federal...
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