Dec. 7, 2011
In Disgraceful Vote House Passes REINS Act
Statement by Amit Narang, Regulatory Policy Advocate, Public Citizen
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives, largely along party lines, approved the ‘Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011’ (H.R. 10).
This terrible piece of legislation is the greatest threat to public health and safety in a generation. Even among a host of horrible legislative proposals, REINS stands out as a particularly egregious attack on our precious public protections. REINS sets up a system where Wall Street remains reckless and unaccountable, where defective products and unsafe food remain on the market, where pollutants in our air and water become even worse, and where our dangerous workplaces do not get any safer. In short, by allowing only one chamber of Congress to block any significant new public safeguard, the REINS Act preserves the status quo and prevents our country from moving forward with 21st century health, safety, environmental and financial security standards.