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Size Matters: Community Banks' Real Problem (2/13/15)

Regulation only helps community banks and the communities they exist to serve. Foes of regulation -- these opponents of an orderly, fair, transparent marketplace -- are no friends of community banks and are not friends of the families that rely on them. Read more...

U.S. troops burned waste in hazardous open pits while safer incinerators sat idle (2/13/15)

The U.S. military knew the burn pits at its Afghan bases posed health risks to its personnel, and spent more than $20 million building incinerators meant to dispose of the mountains of trash being produced by its soldiers in the country every day: 440 tons at the height of the... Read more...

Energy group pushes back on NERC's Clean Power Plan concerns (2/13/15)

A coalition of renewable energy, smart grid and energy technology companies today challenged a warning by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. that the Obama administration's proposed Clean Power Plan may threaten electric grid reliability. Read more...

Warren: Community banks thriving under Dodd-Frank (2/12/15)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) maintained Thursday that the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law has helped community banks do better than big banks. Read more...

Dems introduce paid sick leave bills (2/12/15)

Federal sick leave legislation reintroduced in the House and Senate on Thursday will require businesses with 15 or more employees to give their workers the ability to earn seven days of paid sick leave a year. Businesses with fewer than 15 employees would be required to give their employees seven... Read more...

Warning Sounded on Heavy Metals in Chocolates (2/12/15)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, news that may break a chocolate-lover’s heart: A consumer group is taking legal action against an array of major chocolate manufacturers and retailers, saying they’ve failed to warn consumers about the potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium in their products. Read more...

Banks May Have Overplayed Their Hand Fighting Wall Street Regulation (2/11/15)

Wall Street lobbied aggressively and succeeded late last year in persuading lawmakers to roll back rules for the $700 trillion derivatives market. Instead of generating momentum for further changes to the Dodd-Frank Act, the victory sparked a populist uprising among Democrats that’s had wide-ranging consequences, including stymieing less controversial requests. Read more...

Warren: Wall Street using small banks to weaken rules (2/10/15)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says big banks are using small banks to weaken financial regulations. The accusation came during a Senate Banking hearing on Tuesday that sought to examine ways to provide regulatory relief to community banks and credit unions. Read more...

Consumer Protection Agency Seeks Limits on Payday Lenders (2/9/15)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after the 2008 financial crisis, will soon release the first draft of federal regulations to govern a wide range of short-term loans. Read more...

Editorial: Support for regulation is there (2/6/15)

The fact that the state doesn’t regulate and license the practice — which, as you know, is enjoying some pretty widespread popularity — is a major oversight. It’s nutty that the state would regulate and require licensure for cosmetologists but not tattoo artists who are piercing their clients’ skin. Read more...

California authorizes oilfield dumping into drinking water (2/6/15)

Regulators in California, the country’s third-largest oil-producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show. Read more...

New Rules for Tank Cars Sent to White House for Review (2/6/15)

Federal railroad regulators have forwarded their final draft of new regulations for tank cars that haul crude oil and other flammable liquids to the White House for review. The review by the Office of Information of Regulatory Affairs is one of the last steps before the implementation of new tank-car... Read more...

Study links Monsanto herbicide to monarch decline (2/6/15)

Agriculture giant Monsanto's signature herbicide has nearly eradicated the monarch butterfly, according to a Center for Food Safety study. Read more...

How HBO’s John Oliver Helped Move The Needle on Net Neutrality (2/6/15)

Roughly four million people weighed in while the Federal Communications Commission struggled to come up with new rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. One unlikely source helping to drive the flood of comments: British-American comedian John Oliver. Read more...

Courage and Good Sense at the F.C.C. -- Net Neutrality's Wise New Rules (2/6/15)

The F.C.C. almost always faces stiff resistance when it tries to do something bold. Given the importance of the Internet, Mr. Wheeler should press forward with his rules. Read more...

House GOP Rams Through 2 New Deregulation Bills (2/6/15)

House Republicans pushed through two bills this week designed to undermine key environmental and financial regulations by jamming federal courts with lawsuits. Read more...

More big businesses push for stricter environmental regulations (2/5/15)

Today, some of the world’s biggest businesses are calling for better – and more aggressive – government policy to tackle the biggest global challenges. Looking at the specific policies endorsed by many of these business leaders, it isn’t hard to see how their proposals for government regulation dovetail with their... Read more...

Taking ‘E. coli conservatism’ to a whole new level (2/5/15)

Welcome back, E. coli conservatism. It’s as if you never really went away at all. Read more...

Deregulating big business in the name of small business (2/5/15)

This anti-regs bill is about small business in name only. It's a Trojan Horse for big corporate interests. Read more...

Republicans used to support the EPA, says former administrator (2/5/15)

William Ruckelshaus, who served as the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under Richard Nixon and returned to the post for Ronald Reagan, says protecting the environment used to be a bipartisan cause. Read more...

More big businesses push for stricter environmental regulations (2/5/15)

Today, some of the world’s biggest businesses are calling for better – and more aggressive – government policy to tackle the biggest global challenges. Looking at the specific policies endorsed by many of these business leaders, it isn’t hard to see how their proposals for government regulation dovetail with their... Read more...

Mr. Unclean (2/5/15)

Jon Stewart lampoons North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, who stands by his free-market principles and suggests that employees shouldn't be forced to wash their hands before returning to work. Read more...

White House Signals Veto of Reg Reform Bills (2/4/15)

The White House signaled Tuesday the President would likely veto Republican-backed bills putting analytical and procedural requirements on agencies before they can approve new regulations. Read more...

Congress Revives Gingrich-Era Law To Thwart Obama (1/31/15)

Republicans in Congress aim to revamp an anti-regulatory law from the Newt Gingrich era in an effort to paralyze new financial, environmental and labor rules with a never-ending string of court challenges. Read more...

House eyes tighter rules for reporting cost of regs (1/30/15)

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) says the bill would give businesses special access to regulators and block hypothetical future rules without the public knowing. Read more...

The Days of Wine and Droning (1/29/15)

The case of the intoxicated government worker who flew a drone onto the White House lawn launched a million jokes. It led me to conclude that, like so many other things in American society, this is a matter about which people differ depending on whether they live in a crowded... Read more...

This is just a horrifying paragraph about food safety in America (1/29/15)

This week's New Yorker has a terrific feature about some of the problems with food-safety regulation in America. Everyone should go read his piece, but the anecdote below stands out. Read more...

Democrats call for new food safety agency (1/28/15)

Congressional Democrats are calling for the creation of a new independent food safety agency. The new department would combine the efforts of the 15 agencies currently overseeing the different aspects of food regulations and safety. Read more...

Your Up-to-Date 10-Day Forecast for Capitol Hill: A Blizzard of Antiregulatory Bills (1/28/15)

A large mass of conservative hot air has recently moved into the Washington, DC, region where it is now combining with a high pressure zone of intense industry lobbying. As a result, we can expect over the next several days a heavy downpour of bills aimed at eviscerating our... Read more...

ASBC asks House to throw out regulatory reform bill (1/27/15)

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is asking the House Judiciary Committee to throw out the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, saying it would hurt not help small businesses. Read more...

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Bill Promotes Big Industry Interests In the Guise of Helping Small Business (1/27/15)

Under the cynical guise of helping small businesses, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (SBRFIA, H.R. 527).The real intent of this legislation is to add procedural hurdles to delay public safeguards, expand big industries’ influence in the rulemaking process, and... Read more...

Senate Democrats Join GOP Attack On Financial and Environmental Regulation (1/26/15)

Four Senate Democrats are working with Republicans to help the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other GOP-affiliated lobbying groups undermine financial and environmental regulations. Read more...

GOP wants to wreck government, not govern (1/26/15)

It was revealing when House Republicans made a top priority of the Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill designed to make it nearly impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Protection Financial Board (CFPB), and other agencies to carry out their statutory missions of safeguarding the public. The... Read more...

Banks are better off for more regulation, says Deutsche Bank boss (1/21/15)

Banks are better off for most of the new regulations that have been introduced in the wake of the financial crisis, according to the boss of one of the world's largest lenders. Read more...

Regulators: Coal dust samples compliant with new rule (1/21/15)

MSHA director Joe Main says the results show miners should be breathing cleaner air at coal mines. Read more...

Advocates Hope Health & Safety Regs Part of SOTU (1/20/15)

The Center for Effective Government is hoping President Obama will spend part of his State of the Union Address Tuesday night reiterating his support for stronger public health and safety protections. Read more...

Clinton: Focus more on wages, less on regs (1/16/15)

"Attacking financial reform is risky and wrong. Better for Congress to focus on jobs and wages for middle class families," Clinton tweeted on Friday. Read more...

Groups hail Obama's paid leave order (1/16/15)

The National Partnership for Women and Families said Obama’s push is the boldest action in support of family friendly workplace policies it has seen in generations. Read more...

House Passes Bill to Make Everything Harder and Worse (1/15/15)

The RAA for its part would hamper the rule issuing and enforcing processes currently in place for clean air, clean water, safe food, stable financial markets, safe workplaces, and fair wages. Read more...

Obama to push for mandatory paid family leave (1/14/15)

The White House will announce a major push Thursday to require paid leave for American workers. Read more...

Industry Groups Made Up This Number to Attack Public Protections (1/14/15)

The $15,000 figure has serious methodological problems — even the report admits it is “not scientific” and “back of the envelope” — and we fear these caveats are being forgotten... Read more...

Obama to call for new methane regulation in State of the Union (1/13/15)

Methane is the second biggest driver of climate change, after carbon dioxide. On a 20-year timescale, it is 87 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas. Read more...

Republicans Prepare Another Dodd-Frank Attack (1/13/15)

House Republicans will again try to hamstring the Volcker Rule, after Democrats knocked down a previous effort last week. Read more...

Obama waves veto pen at GOP regulations bill (1/13/15)

The White House is threatening to veto legislation designed to curb some of the Obama administration’s most costly regulations. Read more...

House Republican Push to Roll Back Wall Street Regulations Fails (1/8/15)

A push by House Republicans to roll back a series of Wall Street regulations failed to advance Wednesday amid resistance from Democrats, an unexpected setback for the GOP’s efforts to use its increased majority to ease financial rules. Read more...

Press Conference Coverage: Introduction of Hide No Harm Act (7/28/14)

Video coverage of the Hide No Harm Act press conference featuring Senators Blumenthal and Casey, as well as CSS co-chairs Katherine McFate and Rob Weissman. Read more...

Major Companies Distance Themselves From U.S. Chamber Campaign Against Obama’s Climate Plan (6/4/14)

Days before President Obama’s EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced sweeping new rules to limit the amount of carbon pollution that existing power plants can dump into the atmosphere, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report blasting the then-unreleased regulations as certain to raise electricity prices, kill jobs, and slow... Read more...

Op-Ed: Don't buy the smear of the EPA (6/4/14)

The nation's worst polluters and their allies have launched a propaganda campaign to convince you that the Environmental Protection Agency's new carbon pollution standards are nothing more than a backdoor energy tax that will kill jobs and cost you money. Read more...

Oil Spills In Wildlife Refuge After Republicans Dismiss Need For New Regulation (6/4/14)

Two weeks after Republican lawmakers dismissed the need for new rules on drilling in national wildlife refuges, federal agencies are cleaning up a crude oil spill in a Louisiana refuge. Read more...

Labor Department unveils rule to protect coal miners following Center investigation (5/27/14)

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday that it plans to issue a new rule to address recent disclosures that lawyers representing coal companies have withheld medical evidence from miners in black lung benefits cases. The announcement comes after a recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity detailed a... Read more...

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