Regulation Issue

Portman’s Regulatory Accountability Act Would Endanger Children

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Rig the rules for big corporations by giving corporate lobbyists, who already dominate the rulemaking process, even more opportunities to undermine public protections.

Read the Fact Sheet (PDF).

View the Press Release.