The REINS Act: Handing the reins of public health and safety over to big corporations
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. It is well-understood in Washington, D.C. that the early actions of the new Congress communicate what the majority party’s priorities will be in the coming year.
It is telling, then, that in the first legislative days of the new 115th Congress, the House of Representatives is likely to pass the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017, or REINS Act. With this legislation, Congress is granting itself unprecedented power to cater to big corporations that want to evade safety standards, pollute the environment, and otherwise game the system to their benefit.
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