Tuesday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose New Threats to Health and Public Safety that have already passed the House!  Demand that your Senators oppose the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, the Regulatory Accountability Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017.

We rely on our government to ensure so much is safe: The food we eat. The air we breathe. The toys our children play with—and so much more. But right now, legislation is moving in Congress that guts the crucial federal safety protections we rely on to ensure that what surrounds us isn't putting us in danger or making us sick.

Three pieces of legislation—the Regulatory Accountability Act, the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act—are direct and radical threats to public health that have broad, overreaching consequences. In short, they handcuff the government with red tape, making it nearly impossible for agencies to deliver the crucial safeguards we need.

These dangerous bills have already passed the House—take action today to stop them in their tracks in the Senate!

Call Senator Cory Gardner & Senator Michael Bennet:  Demand that they oppose these dangerous regulations.

Script:  I am calling today in strong opposition to the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, the Regulatory Accountability Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017, all recently passed by the House of Representatives.  These are direct and radical threats to public health and safety with overreaching implications and unintended consequences. They present unprecedented and dangerous roadblocks and delays to the sensible safeguards that protect the American people such as the Clean Air Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, and so much more.  This red tape will leave Americans unprotected, going back on historic progress made by Congress.  If these bills come to the Senate floor for a vote, please strongly oppose them.

Here's just a small sample of important safety measures that would get tied up in red tape under the Regulatory Accountability Act:

  • Regulations to keep toxic chemicals out of products in our homes, schools and workplaces.
  • New Food and Drug Administration protections against intentional contamination of the food supply.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, which are regularly updated to help assure the safety of everyday children's products like cribs, high chairs, and infant carriers.
  • New auto safety standards that would take advantage of new crash-avoidance and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies to reduce car accidents and fatalities.
  • Centers for Disease Control updated screening measures for airports that would help stem the spread of diseases—issued to protect against the next outbreak of a dangerous communicable disease like Ebola.

The Regulatory Accountability Act – Coalition for Sensible Safeguards

5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science – Union of Concerned Scientists

Red tape and over-reach: That is the Regulatory Accountability Act – Environmental Defense Fund

Thanks to the Environmental Defense Fund for this D3 Daily Action.