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Outreach to Policymakers

Groups Oppose Controversial "Lost Pleasure" Principle (8/8/14)

Sixteen groups filed a complaint today about about an economic calculation included in a preliminary regulatory impact analysis of e-cigarettes by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without any statement of justification in the economic analysis or proposed regulation, economists at FDA, under the influence of reviewers from the Office... Read more...

CPR supports Hide No Harm Act (7/16/14)

The recent General Motors (GM) ignition switch scandal vividly illustrates the catastrophic consequences that can result when corporations fail to disclose the known dangers associated with their harmful business activities.We now urge you to pursue robust legislative action to address these acts of outrageous corporate behavior. Read more...

CSS supports Hide No Harm Act (6/19/14)

This bill requires responsible corporate officers to inform and warn government regulatory agencies, employees and the public of serious dangers created by faulty or defective products produced by the corporation, or unsafe business practices that place employees in danger, and provides for criminal liability for corporate officers who fail... Read more...

CSS oposes the "Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome" (SCRUB) Act of 2014 (6/18/14)

This complex bill would establish a new bureaucracy empowered to dismantle long-established public health and safety standards and would make it significantly more difficult for Congress and federal agencies to implement much needed protections in the future. Read more...

Proposed Plans for U.S./EU Trade Deal Would Weaken Health, Consumer, Worker, Environmental Protections (5/12/14)

177 environmental, health, labor, and consumer organizations are demanding detailed explanations from EU and U.S. trade negotiators about proposals to address differences in their laws. The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards is among the local, national and international groups that are calling on negotiators to answer questions about the potential of... Read more...

CSS Opposes S. 1397, the Federal Permitting Improvement Act (3/25/14)

The legislation would make it for more difficult for the public to raise legitimate concerns about the thousands of infrastructure projects, potentially harming both the environment and public health. It would also greatly restrict the public’s access to the courts to block unwise, wasteful or environmentally damaging projects. Read more...

Amendment Support, Regnibus H.R. 2084 (2/26/14)

While CSS strongly urges members to vote no on H.R. 2804, CSS encourages members to support the amendments offered here Read more...

Five House Bills Would Weaken Safeguards (2/25/14)

Our undersigned groups strongly oppose a package of legislative measures that will be on the House floor this week. These proposals would undermine our nation’s ability to set health, safety and environmental standards as well as new financial protections. Given that we have experienced multiple health and safety disasters... Read more...

Congressional Review Act on proposed rule threatens safeguards (2/14/14)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards urges you to oppose the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval, S.J. Res. 30, recently filed by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). This attempt to circumvent established CRA procedures is aimed at voiding proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from new power plants and would... Read more...

CSS Opposes the SCRUB Act (2/11/14)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards urges members of this committee to oppose “The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2014.” This complex bill would establish a new bureaucracy empowered to dismantle long-established public health and safety standards and would make it significantly more difficult for... Read more...

CSS Opposes the All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2013 (2/10/14)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) is writing to express our opposition to H.R. 2804 – the All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2013. This bill will impede the government’s ability to implement critical new public health and safety protections in a timely manner. Read more...

Letter: Oppose Sabotaging Science Provision in Farm Bill (1/23/14)

The provision as drafted or revised would radically alter how federal agencies operate. Yet this proposal has bypassed all congressional debate, committee deliberation and votes and hearings in either chamber. Read more...

CSS Calls for OIRA Reforms to Enable Public Protections Agenda (1/8/14)

While recent improvements at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in reducing rule review delays are laudable, we believe that there remain substantial procedural and process issues with respect to the transparency and effectiveness of OIRA’s involvement in the regulatory review process that require fundamental reform. Read more...

Senate Farm Bill Letter of Opposition (12/18/13)

As the Senate plans to go into conference negotiations over the House-Senate Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARM) bill, we are writing to urge you to strongly oppose inclusion of several provisions in the House-passed bill, HR 2642, which would make its nearly impossible for federal agencies to ensure... Read more...

CSS supports the Government Settlement Transparency and Reform Act, S. 1654 (12/10/13)

This important, bipartisan legislation would prevent corporations from deducting from their taxes settlement payments that are intended to punish bad behavior. Under current law, corporations routinely write off settlement payments for violating regulatory standards as a normal business expense, forcing other taxpayers to subsidize a part of their wrongdoing and... Read more...

TTIP/ TAFTA Crossborder Letter (11/11/13)

The United States and the European Union are set to begin negotiations of a “trade” and investment agreement, a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also referred to as a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Read more...

Oppose Piecemeal Funding Solutions (10/8/13)

Letter urging Senators to reject a piecemeal approach to funding federal programs. This would lead to the most visible programs being funded, while other essential services are ignored. Americans depend upon the totality of our government to protect them. Read more...

CSS opposes the REINS act of 2013 (7/31/13)

This bill represents the most radical threat to our government’s ability to protect the public from harm in generations. The bill will delay or shut down the implementation of critical new public health and safety protections, thereby making industry even less accountable to the public. Read more...

Markup Madness: Four Attacks to our Regulatory System (7/23/13)

This Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be marking up several bills that would dramatically reduce the effectiveness of our regulatory system. The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) strongly opposes these threats to public health and safety. Read more...

Markup Madness: Four Attacks to our Regulatory System (7/23/13)

This Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will be marking up several bills that would dramatically reduce the effectiveness of our regulatory system. The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) strongly opposes these threats to public health and safety. Read more...

Letter: Safeguarding the USDA's Poultry Slaughter Inspection Program (7/23/13)

In anticipation that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will send OMB its proposed regulation to modify its poultry slaughter inspection program (Docket No. RIN 0583–AD32), the undersigned organizations write to express serious concerns about the proposed rule and its impact on public health and the safety and health of poultry... Read more...

Opposition Letter to H.R. 899 the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2013 (UMRA) (7/23/13)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, an alliance of over 70 labor, scientific, research, good government, faith, community, health, environmental, and public interest groups, strongly urges members of this Committee to oppose H.R. 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2013. Read more...

Key Recommendations For The Next Regulatory Czar (7/13/13)

When President Obama’s second term comes to an end, will Americans find that they are better protected against threats to public health, consumer and worker safety, and the environment? The answer to that question depends on how Dr. Howard Shelanksi – the president’s nominee to serve as the next administrator... 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...

CSS opposes the Regulatory Flexability Improvements Act of 2013 (6/27/13)

The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act expands the reach and scope of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and would increase unnecessary and lengthy regulatory delays, increase undue influence by regulated industries and encourage convoluted court challenges. Read more...

Letter opposing Agency Appropriations Act of 2014 and Cuts to Poultry Inspection (6/26/13)

We have serious concerns about USDA’s poultry inspection proposal and its impact on public health. The proposal is different from the pilot project referenced in the amendment and has not been wholly tested. Nor has USDA held public meetings to discuss such substantial changes to its poultry inspection program. Read more...

Letter addressing The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013 (6/5/13)

The current rulemaking process is plagued with lengthy delays, undue influence by regulated industries, and convoluted court challenges. This bill would make each of these problems worse. In fact, it would make rules almost impossible to enact. Read more...

CSS Comments on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (5/13/13)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards is troubled at the prospects of surrendering regulatory safeguards in the name of trade efficiency. As these negotiations proceed, decisions ought to be brokered in the light of day, and corporate interests should not override the public interest. Read more...

CSS Letter Opposing HR 5910 (12/20/12)

We are concerned that H.R. 5910, as currently written, directs the Department of Commerce to conduct a study that could mischaracterize the important role of regulation in protecting the American people and be used as a weapon to undermine important health and safety regulations. Read more...

Groups Oppose S. 3468, the Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act of 2012 (9/10/12)

A wide variety of nonpartisan groups have come together to urge all Senators to oppose S. 3468, the Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act of 2012. Read more...

Coalition Sign On Letter against the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act" (H.R. 4078) (7/23/12)

On behalf of our millions of members and supporters, we are writing to urge you to oppose the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act" (H.R. 4078), which includes the “Regulatory Freeze For Jobs Act,” the “Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012" (H.R. 4607), and the “Sunshine for... Read more...

CSS Opposes Regnibus Bill (7/18/12)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards urges you to oppose the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act" (H.R. 4078), which is scheduled for a vote soon. This bill is a composite of seven unbelievably misnamed bills designed to attack regulatory safeguards. Read more...

Letter asking Congress to review and amend fair labor standards (6/29/12)

On the 74th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, fair labor standards are still far from reality and Congress has a responsibility to implement sensible safeguards to protect workers. Read more...

Coalition letter to lawmakers opposing FREEZE (H.R. 4078) (4/25/12)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards urges your committee to strongly oppose “The Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012" (H.R. 4078) and "The Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012." Read more...

Letter in opposition to H.R. 4078, the "Regulatory Freeze Act" (3/19/12)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards urges your committee to strongly oppose H.R. 4078, “The Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012.” This extremely harmful piece of legislation is the latest in a series of bills designed to mislead the public into believing that our country’s system of health and safety... Read more...

Written Testimony of Robert Weissman before the The Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law Committee on Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives (2/27/12)

Public Citizen President and CSS co-chair Robert Weissman provided expert testimony to a Congressional hearing on H.R. 4078, the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012 Read more...

Letter to President Obama regarding the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness report (1/24/12)

We are writing to express our dismay at the rhetoric and policy proposals found in the Roadmap to Renewal report issued by the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness on January 16th. The language in the executive summary of the report reinforces the damaging and false rhetoric that regulations are... Read more...