WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the so-called Regulatory Accountability Act today, sending the proposal to the full Senate. The bill, dubbed the “License to Kill” bill by public health and consumer advocates, would effectively block federal agencies from ever adopting safeguards for food, the workplace and consumer goods, among many other areas, noted EWG.
“The Regulatory Accountability Act ought to be called the License to Kill bill,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs. “This is a thinly disguised assault on the government’s ability to protect us from polluters and dangerous products.”
“Federal rules and regulations have saved millions of lives and prevented tens of millions of injuries,” Faber added. “But, if the License to Kill bill were to become law, agencies like the FDA, USDA and OSHA would never be able to create new safeguards. Simply put, there is no greater legislative threat to consumers and workers than the RAA and similar bills. It must be rejected by the full Senate."