Regulatory Policy

Regulatory safeguards play a vital role in protecting us from hazards and ensuring that companies that pollute, make unsafe products, and create workplace hazards bear the cost of cleaning up their messes and preventing injuries and deaths. Still, the regulatory system is far from perfect: Rules take too long to develop; enforcement is often feeble; and political pressure from regulated industries has led to weak safeguards.

These systemic problems are made all the more severe by the determination of the Trump administration to undercut sensible safeguards across virtually all aspects of federal regulation. Moreover, the President and his team have taken aim at the the process by which such safeguards are developed, aiming to take a system already slanted in favor of industry profit at the expense of health, safety and the environment, and make it even less protective. For example, where critics of the use of cost-benefit analysis see a system that understates the value of safeguards and overstates the cost of implementing them -- making it difficult to adopt needed protections -- the Trump administration seeks simply to ignore benefits of safeguards, pretending they do not exist. The result is a regulatory system that fails to enforce landmark laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and more.

CPR exposes and opposes efforts by opponents of sensible safeguards to undermine the regulatory system, fighting back against knee-jerk opposition to environmental, health, and safety protections. Below, see what CPR Members Scholars and staff have had to say in reports, testimony, op-eds and more. Use the search box to narrow the list.

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Rena Steinzor's Testimony on Environmental Regulation and the Economy, before the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and Economics, February 15, 2011.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Feb. 15, 2011)
PDF: Rena Steinzor's Testimony on Environmental Regulation and the Economy, before the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and Economics, February 15, 2011.
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
Tags: regulatory review
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Setting the Record Straight: The Crain and Crain Report on Regulatory Costs

Setting the Record Straight: The Crain and Crain Report on Regulatory Costs, CPR White Paper 1103, by CPR Member Scholar Sidney Shapiro, National Labor College Professor Ruth Ruttenberg, and CPR Policy Analyst James Goodwin, February 2011.

Type: Reports (Feb. 21, 2011)
PDF: Setting the Record Straight: The Crain and Crain Report on Regulatory Costs, CPR White Paper 1103, by CPR Member Scholar Sidney Shapiro, National Labor College Professor Ruth Ruttenberg, and CPR Policy Analyst James Goodwin, February 2011.
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin
Tags: Office of Advocacy Crain Small Busines Administration
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

When It REINS, It Pours

When It REINS, It Pours, op-ed by Noah Sachs

Type: Op-Eds (March 4, 2011)
PDF: When It REINS, It Pours
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Author(s): Noah Sachs
Tags: REINS Act
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Let Government Govern

Let Government Govern, op-ed by Joseph P. Tomain

Type: Op-Eds (March 4, 2011)
PDF: Let Government Govern
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Author(s): Joseph Tomain
Tags: REINS Act
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

Robert Glicksman's March 29, 2011 testimony on improving regulatory quality, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.

Type: Legislative Testimony (March 29, 2011)
PDF: Robert Glicksman's March 29, 2011 testimony on improving regulatory quality, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law.
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Author(s): Robert Glicksman
Tags: regulatory review
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy

John Echeverria's testimony on a proposal to restrict state use of eminent domain, before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution.

John Echeverria's April 12, 2011, testimony on a proposal to restrict state use of eminent domain, before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution

Type: Legislative Testimony (April 12, 2011)
PDF: John Echeverria's April 12, 2011 testimony on a proposal to restrict state use of eminent domain, before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution.
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Author(s): John Echeverria
Tags: takings judicial review
Categories: Regulatory Policy Regulatory Policy