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Ten reasons to oppose the so-called “Sound Science” provision in the House Passed Farm Bill (1/10/14)

Section 12307 of the House-passed Farm Bill would have a profound effect on all agency science-based rulemaking. It would place regulatory agencies, including independent agencies, in a stranglehold, making it virtually impossible for them to protect public health and safety and the environment, and fulfill their lawful missions. Read more...

TAFTA Negotiations Letter to Heads of State (7/8/13)

We the undersigned organizations from Europe and the United States wish to register our early concern based on the information about the coming negotiations and state our opposition to the use of behind-closed-door trade negotiations to change and lower public interest measures for the sake of commercial interests. Read more...

The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act: Politicizing Independent Agencies and Putting Americans in Harm's Way (6/20/13)

The Independent Regulatory Analysis Act, S. 3468, would fundamentally change the way that independent agencies operate. Examples of independent agencies include, among others, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National... Read more...

The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act: How it would Hamper Safeguards Issued by Independent Agencies (6/20/13)

The following examples suggest ways that the Independent Regulatory Analysis Act would hamper independent agencies' ability to protect Americans from death, injury, illness, and other harm Read more...

Regulatory Accountability Act Factsheet (6/5/13)

The innocuous-sounding Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) is, in reality, the biggest threat to environmental standards, workplace safety rules, public health, and financial reform regulations to appear in decades Read more...

New Federal Safeguards Issued in 2012 Bring Enormous Benefits to Public, New Report Shows (5/1/13)

In a draft annual report to Congress reviewing federal regulations issued between 2002 and 2012, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) found that the monetary benefits of rules dwarfed their costs. The report, posted quietly by the White House in April, tallied $53.2 billion to $114.6 billion... Read more...

SAFEGUARD SHUTDOWN BILL Would Halt the U.S. Regulatory System (7/17/12)

The House of Representatives will soon consider a radical bill proposed by Republican members: ‘‘Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act’’ (H.R. 4078). This bill is made up of provisions H.R. 4078, H.R. 4607, H.R. 3862, H.R. 373, H.R. 4377, H.R. 2308, and H.R. 1840 which would,... Read more...

CSS Summary of Lake Research Partners 2011 Regulatory Research (7/11/12)

CSS highlighted the findings of Lake Research Partners 2011 Regulatory Research which revealed public support of sensible safeguards. Read more...

Why Cost Benefit Analysis is Flawed (6/15/12)

Congress has good reason to be skeptical of cost-benefit analysis. Put simply, when applied to environmental health and safety regulation, cost- benefit analysis rests on the untenable assumption that complex ecological and human health processes can be quantified and expressed in dollar terms. Read more...

Small Business Owner Opinions on Regulations: Fact Sheet (3/12/12)

Rhetoric blaming government regulations for a lack of small business growth and our stagnant economy has reached a fever pitch. But small businesses don’t see regulations as their No. 1 concern. Instead, the vast majority of small business owners believe weak demand is the primary problem for their business right... Read more...

CURB Act Would Increase Regulatory Uncertainty and Require the Impossible (12/1/11)

The CURB Act would go far beyond a simple codification of previous executive orders: Currently, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) reviews detailed agency cost-benefit analyses for economically significant proposed regulations those having an annual impact of $100 million or more on the economy. Read more...

The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011: Legislation Would Override and Threaten Decades of Public Protections (11/22/11)

The innocuous-sounding Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), co-sponsored in the Senate by Rob Portman (ROH), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) and in the House by Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), is, in reality, a true threat to environmental, workplace, public health, and finance reform rules. Read more...

Impacts of the Regulatory Accountability Act (11/16/11)

The Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 1606/H.R. 3010) will grind to a halt the rulemaking process at the core of implementing the nations public health, workplace safety, and environmental standards. This bill will not improve the federal regulatory process; it will cripple it. Rules that somehow make it through the... Read more...

Multiple Surveys Show Regulations Not Major Concern to Small Business (10/31/11)

The current jobs crisis is being used as an excuse for rolling back the nations public protections. However, most small business owners dont cite regulations as a major problem for their businesses or as a disincentive for hiring. Read more...

The REINS Act: A Radical Threat to Health, Safety, and Other Public Protections (10/31/11)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards strongly opposes the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 (H.R. 10/S. 299). The REINS Act would threaten critical public protections by requiring congressional review of all major rules, placing an impossibly high burden on Congress in the process. Read more...

The Facts About Regulatory 'Reform' (8/1/11)

The supporters of deregulation have been busy spreading myths about the regulatory process, claiming it needs reform. Here are the facts... Read more...

The Cost of Regulatory Delay (7/20/11)

The inordinate amount of time it takes to develop effective public health and safety standards and to get them enacted illustrates a significant flaw in our regulatory system. Read more...

Small Business Regulatory Reform in the 112th Congress is Unwarranted (6/22/11)

Several bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to alter the regulatory process in the name of small businesses. The bills would expand the cost‐benefit analyses regulatory agencies are required to prepare, exempt small businesses from certain requirements and penalties, and generally seek to create more barriers to... Read more...

The Overstated Cost of Regulation (6/22/11)

Why you should not believe regulations cost Americans $1.75 trillion a year. If youve been listening to members of Congress who generally oppose federal regulation,chances are you have heard this number. Read more...

Regulations, Employment, and the Economy: Fears of Job Loss Are Overblown (4/12/11)

Government regulations concerning everything from financial markets to offshore oil drilling to food safety are often criticized as too costly and a threat to job creation. Read more...