Senator Plotting Attack on Public Safeguards

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) took to the pages of The Washington Post yesterday to peddle new, anti-regulatory legislation he plans to introduce in 2011. Warner’s legislation “would require federal agencies to identify and eliminate one existing regulation for each new regulation they want to add.”

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A Bill to Save Lives and Cut the Deficit? Mining's Lawmakers Say No.

The House of Representatives this week failed to pass legislation aimed at improving working conditions for miners. The bill was crafted partly in response to an April explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. The blast killed 29 miners – the worst coal mine disaster in the U.S. in 40 years.

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Administration Looks to Expand Online Access to Rules

The Obama administration has released a best practices document aimed at improving the efficiency and usability of the federal e-rulemaking system. The best practices could lead to significant improvements for Regulations.gov – the public portal where users can find information and comment on rules.

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Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise under Obama

A new OMB Watch report, The Obama Approach to Public Protection: Enforcement, shows that federal agencies are taking more seriously their responsibility to enforce laws and regulations.

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Legislative Blunder May Spoil Food Safety Bill

As The Fine Print covered on Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill that would expand the powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and better protect Americans from unsafe food. Or did they?

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Check Sky for Pigs, Senate Passes Food Safety Bill

After a long and frustrating journey, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act cleared the Senate today in a bipartisan 73-25 vote.

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Last Chance to Comment on Coal Ash Rule

The public comment period for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate toxic coal ash ends today. OMB Watch urges you to tell the EPA to set standards fully protective of public health and the environment.

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Senate Closing in on Food Safety Reform

The Senate moved one step closer today to passing S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. The bill would expand the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by giving the agency the power to order recalls of contaminated foods, among other powers.

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Chamber Tries to Fool America Again

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is back in the news today. According to The New York Times, “The United States Chamber of Commerce warned today that antipollution laws could kill entire industries and that the Government should be ready to pay for the economic consequences.” Wait, that’s not from today, that’s from May 18, 1971. A thousand pardons.

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One Year Later, Catfish Safety Rule Still at OIRA

The advocacy group Food & Water Watch is blasting the Obama administration over the delay in the creation of a program to conduct mandatory safety inspections of catfish. Over a year ago, Nov. 13, 2009, the UDSA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) submitted to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) a draft proposed rule laying out the details of the program. The White House has yet to approve the proposal.

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