We want to alert you all about a bad federal bill making its way through Congress that, if passed, would make it much harder for environmental agencies to create rules protecting clean water and healthy landscapes.
Senate bill 951, the “Regulatory Accountability Act” (RAA), would give industry an even bigger influence than it already has over regulations by forcing agencies to prioritize minimizing industry costs over providing essential public health and environmental protections. It would also massively complicate agencies’ processes to create and finalize regulations – wasting time and taxpayer money. The added requirements in the bill also provide more opportunities for industry to slow down or stop new regulations.
The RAA is especially dangerous because it is a bipartisan bill that is being marketed as a moderate way to make the regulatory process more effective, streamlined, and accountable to the public, when it actually will have the exact opposite effect. It could come up for a vote on the Senate floor as soon as next week. Now and early next week is a key time to reach out to Senators telling them to oppose this bill!
Want to learn more?
- CLICK HERE to download a Citizen Activist Toolkit on the RAA, prepared by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.
- CLICK HERE to download Talking Points for talking about the RAA with your officials!
Here’s a proposed soundbite of what you can say to YOUR senators!
“My name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a resident of ZIP code [ZIP CODE]. I am calling today because I am concerned about Senate bill 951, the “Regulatory Accountability Act.” This bill would not make the regulatory process more effective, streamlined, or accountable. Instead, it prioritizes protecting industry profits over protecting people, and would waste taxpayer money by making agencies jump through needless hoops. I urge you to oppose S.951 and any other bills that would make it harder for agencies to do their jobs.”