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Factsheets on TAFTA: Threats to Consumer Protection and the Environment

TAFTA: A Backdoor Plan to Roll Back Clean Energy Policies

TAFTA: A Backdoor for Food Contamination


TAFTA: A Backdoor to Genetically Modified Food

TAFTA: Empowering Corporations to Bypass Domestic Courts

TAFTA: Bankers' Backdoor Plan to Roll Back Wallstreet Reform


TAFTA: Bogus Claims About Economic Gains


Hide No Harm Act: Holding Corporate Wrondgoing Accountable (7/16/14)

Under existing law, while companies can face criminal fines, individual officers are often under no duty to inform consumers or employees of known safety hazards that could lead to serious injury or death. Too many times, corporate officials decide to keep selling a dangerous product to consumers or choose not... Read more...

The Hide No Harm Act of 2014, Senate Bill Summary (7/16/14)

A defect leading to a serious danger may simply be a case of negligent behavior. Knowingly and intentionally concealing that danger must be a case of criminal behavior. Read more...

Hide No Harm Act, Bill Summary (7/16/14)

The Hide No Harm Act imposes a duty on corporations and key corporate management to disclose serious dangers with their products or production process. Failure to disclose known dangers is made a criminal act, punished by fine and/or up to five years in prison. Read more...

TAFTA: Bogus Claims About Economic Gains (7/3/14)

A standard argument for “free trade” agreements is that such deals reduce tariffs, thereby expanding trade, and that the benefit to all from access to cheaper imports outweighs the damage to those who lose their jobs. But tariffs between the United States and the EU are “already quite low,” as... Read more...

TAFTA: Bankers' Backdoor Plan to Roll Back Wall Street Reform (7/3/14)

U.S. and EU TAFTA negotiators, advised by Wall Street banks and EU financial conglomerates, have made clear their intent to use TAFTA to roll back the financial reforms enacted in the wake of the global financial crisis. EU negotiators have explicitly called for new “disciplines” on financial regulations to be... Read more...

TAFTA: Empowering Corporations to Bypass Domestic Courts (7/3/14)

U.S. and EU officials have called for TAFTA to grant foreign firms the power to directly attack domestic health, financial, environmental and other public interest policies that they view as undermining new foreign investor privileges and rights that TAFTA would establish. TAFTA could empower individual foreign corporations to drag the... Read more...

TAFTA: A Backdoor to Genetically Modified Food (7/3/14)

U.S. and EU TAFTA negotiators, advised by the world’s largest agribusinesses, have used coded language in pushing for TAFTA rules that could chill attempts to label food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and government approvals of GMO seeds and cultivation of GMO crops. A majority of European consumers and a... Read more...

TAFTA: A Backdoor for Food Contamination (7/3/14)

U.S. and EU TAFTA negotiators, advised by the world’s largest agribusinesses, have used coded language in pushing for TAFTA rules that could roll back food safety standards. A leaked EU position paper reveals that EU negotiators are pushing for TAFTA to impose sweeping restrictions on food safety policies by mandating... Read more...

TAFTA: A Backdoor Plan to Roll Back Clean Energy Policies (7/3/14)

U.S. and EU TAFTA negotiators, advised by the world’s largest oil and coal corporations, have used coded language in pushing for TAFTA rules that could roll back critical climate and energy initiatives such as energy efficiency labels, fuel efficiency standards, buy green policies, and fracking regulation. Read more...

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...

Consumer Product and Safety Improvement Act: Improving Toy Standards (8/5/13)

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, signed into law in August of 2008, strengthened the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC), the federal agency that oversees the safety of consumer products. Read more...

Consumer Product and Safety Improvement Act: Improved Lead Safeguards (8/5/13)

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed into law on August 14, 2008. This critical new law makes consumer products safer by requiring that toys and infant products be tested to mandatory standards before they are sold, and by practically eliminating lead and banning phthalates in children’s products. Read more...

Consumer Product and Safety Improvement Act: Consumer Product Databases (8/5/13)

The law includes many vital improvements to our safety net including lowering lead limits, issuing strong mandatory standards for infant and durable products and requiring third party testing of children’s products. The law also directed the CPSC to create a database—Saferproducts.gov where consumers can report and research safety hazards experienced... Read more...

Consumer Product and Safety Improvement Act Fact Sheet (8/5/13)

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)1 was signed into law on August 14, 2008. This critical new law makes consumer products safer by requiring that toys and infant products be tested to mandatory standards before they are sold, and by practically eliminating lead and banning phthalates in children’s products. 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...