Posted by: Stochasticus Weber | November 1, 2011

From NRDC: Tell Your Representative to Oppose the REINS Act (H.R. 10)

October 31, 2011

Tell your representative not to set health and environment protections back 100 years

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The House of Representatives will soon vote on a bill that would make it next to impossible to protect Americans’ health or the environment in the future. As unbelievable as that sounds, it’s no exaggeration. This is the most radical bill this Congress has yet considered — in fact, more radical than any bill considered by any Congress in decades — because it would fundamentally change the way the public is protected, setting the system all the way back to the way it was in the late 1800s.

The bill, known as the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” (or REINS Act) would require both houses of Congress to approve every proposed major standard that would protect health or the environment — or anything else. (The bill covers all protections, from limits on Wall Street activities to safety requirements for toys.) Instead of scientists and other experts in federal agencies making judgments, politicians in Congress would decide for each and every issue when and how to protect our health and environment. And if just one chamber of Congress — the House or the Senate — followed industry’s bidding and opposed a protection, that would be the end of the story.

The REINS Act would not solve any problem, but is instead an outrageous effort to throw out a system that has protected American families and communities for more than 100 years.

What to do
Send a message urging your representative to oppose and vote No on the REINS Act (H.R. 10).

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