June 26, 2017 – The Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951), sponsored by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), is one of the greatest threats to our system of public protections in decades, blocking agencies from enforcing bedrock health and safety laws – from clean drinking water and food safety standards to crib and toy safety protections.
Public Citizen is airing a commercial in Ohio highlighting the troubling issues with Sen. Portman’s proposed rule:
The RAA would:
- Force agencies to adopt the most “cost-effective” regulations for corporations, instead of those that maximize benefits to the public. Smart regulations are those that do the most to protect children, not those that maximize corporate profits.
- Add 53 new requirements to the process agencies must use to develop regulations – a process that is already broken due to unacceptable delays, resulting in agencies routinely missing deadlines set by Congress.
- Rig the rules for big corporations by giving corporate lobbyists, who already dominate the rulemaking process, even more opportunities to undermine public protections.