Government regulation is responsible for protecting Americans from unclean and unhealthy food, air and water. The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) threatens to change that by reducing the ability of government agencies to regulate industries and hold them accountable on behalf of our health and safety.
The name of the bill is inherently misleading. The RAA would NOT streamline bureaucratic procedures, as proponents claim. The RAA would:
- add burdensome and wasteful legal steps to block the path of measures that safeguard Americans’ health and protect the environment
- force government agencies to focus on the cheapest, rather than the best, options when it comes to consumer protections for food safety, clean water, clean air, airline safety, or anything else
- place politics over science by encouraging White House meddling in agency affairs
- ignore intellectual property, academic freedom, and personal privacy concerns
- cripple our nation’s health and safety protections
- threaten programs such as our modern microbial meat inspection program and commonsense protections for clean air, unleaded gasoline, healthy school foods, nutrition labeling, etc
Last week, the RAA cleared a key hurdle to becoming law by passing out of committee in the Senate. Soon, the full Senate will vote on this dangerous piece of legislation.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call on our U.S. Senators to oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act. No one wants second-rate consumer protections—for food safety, clean water, clean air, airline safety, or anything else!
- Absolutely can’t call? Send your Senators a quick email using this email form from Center for Science in the Public Interest, listed on our Petitions, Petitions! page.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
(Adapted from Center for Science in the Public Interest)