Updated: House Majority Trying to Shut Down Safeguards – Again
by Jessica Randall, 7/20/2012
The highlight of next week's legislative calendar in the House is likely to be a vote on H.R. 4078, the misleadingly named "Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act." With this vote, the House majority is set to launch yet another attack to shut down the safeguards that protect Americans against health, safety, and economic disasters.
When we last wrote about this bill, it was called the "Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act" – and that part was bad enough. But now, six other anti-public protections components have been added to the legislation. We'll be back next week with a fuller analysis of how exactly this bill would work. But for now, we hope you'll take a moment to remember how shutting down safeguards would put Americans' health, safety, and finances at risk – and that you'll ask your representative to vote against this damaging bill.
UPDATE (7/23/2012): On Monday morning, lawmakers joined the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards and members of the public in expressing strong opposition to H.R. 4078. On a press call, a doctor with asthma, a mother whose daughter was almost killed by food poisoning, and a duck hunter explained how the Red Tape Reduction Act would negatively and significantly impact them and millions of other Americans in similar circumstances, and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Edward Markey (D-MA) made clear their reasons for standing up against this extreme bill. For materials from the call, including an audio recording, head over to the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards website.