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President’s Call for Executive Actions Welcome, Must Be Followed by Bold Action (1/29/14)

We enthusiastically endorse the president’s decision to move executive actions to advance the public interest. The president should start by ensuring that important new health and safety standards move through the federal system and are operational on the ground. Read more...

West Virginia Chemical Spill Highlights Need for Strengthened Public Protections (1/14/14)

The West Virginia chemical spill that has poisoned the water supply for hundreds of thousands of people is the latest in a series of environmental and safety disasters related to shortcomings in federal and state oversight that have often been driven by vociferous, industry-funded anti-regulatory campaigns. 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...

American and European Groups Press for Protected Safeguards in Transatlantic Trade (12/16/13)

A proposed U.S.-European Union (EU) trade pact being negotiated this week in Washington, D.C., will have little to do with traditional trade issues, but instead will be a back door for corporations to gut health, environmental and consumer protections, according to several civil society groups from the United States... Read more...

New Reed-Grassley Bill Would End Corporate Practice of Deducting Payments for Illegal Behavior from Taxes (11/7/13)

Members of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards welcomed the introduction Wednesday of the Government Settlement Transparency & Reform Act (S. 1654), which would close a loophole that allows corporations to reap tax benefits when making payments to settle allegations of violating regulations. The bill was introduced by U.S. Sens. Jack... Read more...

Consumer, Safety and Public Interest Groups Decry Threats Trans-Atlantic “Trade” Deal Poses to Americans’ Daily Lives (11/7/13)

– The U.S.-E.U. free trade agreement now under negotiation threatens a vast array of consumer and other regulatory protections, groups in the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) warned today, ahead of a second round of negotiations on the pact set for Nov. 11-15 in Brussels. The groups issued “Top 10... Read more...

Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act Would Hinder Federal Agencies Charged With Protecting the Public (9/18/13)

The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (RFIA), passed by the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday, would hinder federal agencies charged with protecting the public. The RFIA (H.R. 2542) expands the reach and scope of regulatory review panels and would increase unnecessary regulatory delays, increase undue influence by regulated industries and... Read more...

Home care worker rule a step forward (9/17/13)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards welcomed today’s Department of Labor rule that will finally require employers to pay minimum wage and overtime to home care workers who provide critical care to older adults and people with disabilities. The rule had been under review at the White House since Jan. 15,... Read more...

Improved Silica Standards Will Save Lives (8/23/13)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) welcomed today’s proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to tighten standards for silica exposure on the job. The proposed rule will save around 700 lives each year by limiting construction and manufacturing workers’ exposure to deadly silica dust, and it will... Read more...

5 years later, our consumer products are safer: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Press Release (8/5/13)

On August 14, 2008, the CPSIA was signed into law after a deliberative process and overwhelming bipartisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The law includes strong product safety reforms that revitalized the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Read more...

Reins Act, Passed in House, Would Gut Public Protections (8/2/13)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards criticized the U.S. House of Representatives' passage today of the REINS Act (H.R. 367), a sweeping bill that would gut the implementation of food safety, worker safety, consumer financial protection and environmental protection laws. Read more...

House Judiciary marks up four anti-reg bills (7/25/13)

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday in favor of two anti-regulatory bills, and is expected to pass two more next week. Read more...

Howard Shelanski Must Free Stalled Rules at White House Rulemaking Office (6/28/13)

Coalition for Sensible Safeguards Calls on Newly Confirmed OIRA Administrator to Advance Public Protections Read more...

Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act Would Weaken Public Protections (6/18/13)

The Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (IARAA), re-introduced today, would weaken the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law and the ability of independent federal agencies to issue rules to protect the public, members of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) said today. Read more...

Down the Regulatory Rabbit Hole - Press Release (6/11/13)

Half a year into President Barack Obama’s second term, a series of public protections drafted by federal agencies are stalled, in several cases beyond specific legal deadlines set by the U.S. Congress, according to a new report released today by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS). The report details how... Read more...

Regulatory Accountability Act Threatens to Weaken Nation’s Primary Health, Safety and Environmental Laws (5/24/13)

The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would weaken dozens of laws that protect the environment, public health, workplace safety and consumer rights. It would override and weaken the Clean Air Act, Consumer Product Safety Act and Food Safety Modernization Act. The bill is designed to undermine public protections, not improve them. Read more...

New Federal Safeguards Issued in 2012 Bring Major Benefits to Public, New U.S. 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...

OIRA Nominee Howard Shelanski Faces Test: Will He Pledge Major Reforms to Rejuvenate Regulatory System, Serve the Public? (4/26/13)

Responding to the White House’s announcement Thursday of President Barack Obama’s intention to nominate Howard Shelanski to be the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), leaders of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) issued the following statements. Read more...

As Country Honors West, Texas, Victims in Memorial, Work Lies Ahead to Make Workers, First Responders, Public Safer (4/25/13)

The specific cause of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant disaster is still being investigated, but one thing is clear: Tragedies like this shouldn’t happen in America. Our country can and should do more to prevent these kinds of tragedies from occurring, and businesses must be required to develop safety and... Read more...

Third Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Disaster Highlights Need for More Proactive Approach on Public Protections (4/19/13)

The third anniversary of the BP oil spill is a reminder of the real-life cost of inadequate regulation and enforcement – and the need for a proactive agenda for public protections. Wednesday night’s tragic explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas, too, is a reminder of the work we have... Read more...

Groups Oppose President's Budget Assumption on Finalization of USDA Poultry Rule (4/12/13)

Following the release of President Obama’s FY 2014 budget, public interest groups representing a range of causes and perspectives weighed in to express their disappointment with the proposed budget’s provisions concerning USDA’s new poultry inspection protocols. Read more...

Budget Amendment Press Release (3/21/13)

A tsunami of new amendments to be considered during the Budget Resolution of 2013 vote would threaten public protections and safeguards by altering the regulatory process to make it more difficult to pass regulations that protect Americans from harm, the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) said today. The coalition called... Read more...

Radical REINS Act- Distraction from other Anti-Regulatory Bills (3/8/13)

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2013 (H.R. 367) would gut enforcement of laws opposed by industry-backed special interests and is designed to distract public attention from a growing list of other harmful proposals to block the implementation of vital rules and standards that... Read more...

Top Financial Regulators Oppose Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (PDF Format) (11/1/12)

Bernanke, Schapiro, Others Decry Unprecedented New Powers Bill Would Give The President Over Independent Agencies WASHINGTON—Objections by six high-profile U.S. financial regulators to legislation that would give future presidents unprecedented new powers over independent agencies highlight the dangers of the measure, the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards said today. Read more...

Top Financial Regulators Oppose Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act (11/1/12)

Bernanke, Schapiro, Others Decry Unprecedented New Powers Bill Would Give The President Over Independent Agencies WASHINGTON—Objections by six high-profile U.S. financial regulators to legislation that would give future presidents unprecedented new powers over independent agencies highlight the dangers of the measure, the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards said today. 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...

New Fuel Efficiency Standards Showcase Benefits of Regulations (8/28/12)

CSS press release on new fuel efficiency standards. Read more...

Economic Studies Show that America’s Regulatory Safeguards Give the U.S. Economy a Competitive Advantage (8/21/12)

Reaction to the MAPI-NERA Report on the Impact of Regulations On U.S. Manufacturers: Health, safety, environmental, financial, and other safeguards make our country stronger and safer – and the public relies on them. The Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and... Read more...

PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS DECRY HOUSE VOTE TO STRANGLE FEDERAL SAFEGUARDS (7/26/12)

Members of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards today decried the passage of H.R. 4078 in the House of Representatives. The GOP-led bill calls for an unprecedented shutdown of the U.S. regulatory system. Members of the coalition, which includes a wide range of public interest groups, emphasized the harm the proposed... Read more...

Regulatory Shutdown Proposal Is Unprecedented, Would Harm Millions, Lawmakers and Public Interest Groups Say (7/23/12)

U.S. Reps. Cummings, Waxman and Markey Join Americans Who Would Be Harmed in Denouncing Bill to Block New National Safeguards for Clean Air, Safe Food and Workplaces, Secure Financial System and More Read more...

A Good Move: Administration Gives People More Time to Weigh in on Wrongheaded Poultry Rule (4/19/12)

The Obama administration is doing the right thing by giving people another month to weigh in on a dangerous proposal to let companies oversee most inspections of chickens in processing plants. The close of the comment period for this rule had been April 26; the administration today extended that by... Read more...

Administration Sending Wrong Message on Regulatory Review (3/20/12)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards criticizes the “Cumulative Effects” memo released today by Cass Sunstein, administrator at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The CSS is disappointed with the message the memo sends to federal agencies, and with OIRA’s misplaced focus on this guidance when so many crucial public... Read more...

Short Memories in Congress Powering Misguided JOBS Act (3/14/12)

Congress is showing a disturbing failure of judgment by moving forward with the misleadingly named Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. There is little evidence that regulatory safeguards cost jobs, yet once again, those who favor corporate profits over public safety are pushing a bill based on a false premise. Read more...

SOTU 2012 America's Future Depends on a Strong System of Public Safeguards (1/24/12)

President Barack Obama presented his vision of America’s future in his 2012 State of the Union address. The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards believes prosperity for the United States must include a strong and secure system of regulatory protections. Read more...

House Completes Its Terrible Trifecta by Passing the REINS Act (12/7/11)

The REINS Act represents the most radical threat in generations to our governments ability to protect the public from harm. The bill would delay or shut down the implementation of critical new public health and safety protections, thereby making Big Business and industry even less accountable to the public. Read more...

House Jeopardizes Public Health and Safety with Irresponsible Regulatory Accountability Act (12/2/11)

The U.S. House of Representatives, largely along party lines, approved H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011. The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards staunchly condemns this attack on the health and safety of the public and strongly urges the Senate to reject it. Read more...

House Voting on Terrible Trifecta of Deregulatory Bills That Would Destroy Vital Safeguards (11/30/11)

As early as tomorrow, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2011 (H.R. 3010) and the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (H.R, 527). The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011 (H.R. 10) is expected to come... Read more...

Regulatory Accountability Act Puts Public in Harm's Way (11/16/11)

The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) (S. 1606/H.R. 3010) is a radical measure that would severely weaken laws that protect our health, safety and the environment. A new paper from the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, Impacts of the Regulatory Accountability Act: Overturning 65 Years of Law and Leaving Americans Less... Read more...

The Senate Republican Jobs Bill: A "Jobs Plan" About Everything Except Jobs (11/10/11)

Note: Today, the House of Representatives will vote on S. 1720, the Jobs Through Growth Act. This bill is less a coherent piece of legislation than a laundry list of proposals pushed by corporate interests to weaken safeguards for American families and the environment, and to erode the rights of... Read more...

GOP Alternative to Jobs Bill Puts the American People at Risk (11/3/11)

The REINS Act and the Regulatory Time Out Act pose a clear threat to our governments ability to protect the public from harm, the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards said today. Read more...

House Judiciary Committee Approves Irresponsible Regulatory Accountability Act; Bill With "Bipartisan" Facade Threatens Vital Public Safeguards (11/3/11)

The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) is one of the biggest threats to environmental standards, workplace safety rules, public health and financial reform regulations to appear in decades, and it is similar in scope to the much-maligned REINS Act. Read more...

House Judiciary Committee Examination Into System of Regulatory Protections Is Ill Conceived (10/25/11)

Under either bill, the work of agency scientists would lose its power to push back against special interests who are more concerned about their bottom lines than our health and safety. Read more...

REINS Act: Radical Threat to Health, Safety and Other Public Protections (10/13/11)

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

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Takes Its Anti-Regulatory Road Show to Posh Chicago Hotel, Attacks Standards That Protect Illinois Families (10/5/11)

When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce brings its anti-regulatory road show to the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago on Oct. 6, local business leaders will hear from Andy Card, White House chief of staff under former President George W. Bush. Read more...

Food Deaths Are Stark Reminder That Delaying Regulatory Safeguards Puts People at Risk (9/30/11)

The recent U.S. outbreak of foodborne illness the deadliest in more than a decade is a stark reminder that regulations play a vital role in protecting the public, the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards said today. Read more...

Regulatory Accountability Act is Another Attempt to Weaken Vital Public Safeguards (9/22/11)

Congressional proponents of Big Business continued their attack on public safeguards today with the introduction of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011. Read more...

TRAIN Act Continues Misguided Attacks on Public Health and Environmental Protections (9/19/11)

This week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to take up the latest in a series of attacks against crucial public health and environmental protections. Read more...

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