May 10, 2012
Obama’s Executive Order to Review Regulations Is Out of Sync With Nation’s Priorities
Administration Should Protect Public From Corporate Predators
Note: The Obama administration today announced a new executive order that would change or eliminate a handful of regulations that it says could have cost the economy $6 billion over five years. Public Citizen experts react below.
“Given the massive need to protect consumers, workers and the environment from corporate predation, why in the world is the Obama administration bragging about a regulatory rollback initiative?” asked Public Citizen President Robert Weissman. “Why is the administration pushing agencies to divert attention from their mission to protect the American public?”
Added Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, “True modernization of regulatory standards must focus on updating the many protections that are unacceptably out of date, such as critical workplace safety measures protecting workers from the threat of combustible silica dust, and instituting strong new protections where there currently are none, such as the enhanced food safety measures mandated by Congress in the Food Safety Modernization Act.”
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