Congress considers bill to make protecting consumers more difficult

Mother Jones reports;

Earlier this year, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said the Trump administration will be fighting regulations at every turn through "the deconstruction of the administrative state." The Regulatory Accountability Act, dubbed the "License to Kill bill" by some environmental groups, may kick off that trend by making reining in the industry much more difficult. The act passed the House in January, and the Senate is now working on its own version. Public health experts and environmental scientists worry that if passed, the legislation would have dire consequences for the health and safety of average Americans.

As the article recounts, federal regulations protect consumers in all sorts of ways: by requiring air bags and seat belts in cars, protecting against air and water pollution, restricting advertising of tobacco to minors, and ensuring food safety. The bills moving through Congress would create roadblocks to an already cumbersome regulatory process, to make it harder for federal agencies to issue new public protections.

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