Congressional Briefing: Anti-Regulatory Myths: What Regulatory Critics Don't Tell You

by Erin Kesler

June 24, 2013

Is the annual cost of federal regulation really $1.75 trillion?  Do regulations really hinder job creation and economic growth? Is it true that agencies are free to issue costly regulations without legal authority or political accountability? These are just some of the myths spread by supporters of legislation to further weaken the ability of protector agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to carry out their congressionally mandated mission of safeguarding the public.

The subject will be explored in detail at a congressional briefing on June 25, organized by the Center for Progressive Reform and the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, and is hosted by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Steve Cohen (D-TN). The briefing is open to the media.

What: Congressional Briefing: Anti-Regulatory Myths: What Regulatory Critics Don't Tell You, hosted by Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) addressing common misconceptions about the impact of federal regulation.

When:  10a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Where: Room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building.

Speakers: Sidney Shapiro holds the University Distinguished Chair in Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law and is the Associate Dean for Research and Development. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform. Professor Shapiro has taught and written in the areas of Administrative Law, Regulatory Law and Policy, Environmental Policy, and Occupational Safety and Health Law for 25 years.

Margaret (Peg) Seminario is Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the AFL-CIO. She has worked for the AFL-CIO since 1977, and since 1990 has been responsible for directing the AFL-CIO’s program on safety and health. She has worked extensively on a wide range of regulatory and legislative initiatives at the federal and state level and coordinated the labor movement’s campaigns on Right to Know, ergonomics and other key job safety issues.

John D. Walke is a senior attorney and clean air director for NRDC in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for NRDC’s national clean air advocacy before Congress, the courts, the EPA and the public. Prior to joining NRDC in 2000, Walke worked for the EPA in the air and radiation law office of the Office of General Counsel, from 1997 to 2000, focusing on permitting, air toxics, monitoring, and enforcement issues under the Clean Air Act.




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Erin Kesler was a Communications Specialist for the Center for Progressive Reform.

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