American Lung Association Chides House of Representatives for Passage of Latest Harmful Anti-Public Health Bills

Statement of the American Lung Association

Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2011)

The American Lung Association is deeply disappointed by the U.S. House of Representatives repeated efforts to pass legislation that is detrimental to public health.

Today’s passage of the REINS Act (H.R. 10) is the latest assault on public health as it allows Congress to undo and block the enforcement of existing public health protections, including health care reform legislation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, federal tobacco regulation and control policies, and air quality standards.

Last week, the House passed the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 (H.R. 527) that allows businesses, including the tobacco industry and corporate polluters, to impose unneeded and costly requirements on agencies, crippling their ability to meet basic statutory responsibilities to protect public health. The House also passed the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010) that will block and delay commonsense safeguards to protect the public from threats to their health and safety.

“This latest legislative assault would undermine decades of hard work to ensure public health is protected over special interests,” said Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “We cannot afford, under any circumstance, to eliminate these health protections.”

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