American Lung Association Calls on Senate to “Save Our Lungs” and Oppose House-Passed REINS Act
H.R. 26 is a giveaway to polluters and the tobacco industry that puts Americans’ lungs at risk
(January 5, 2017) - Washington, DC
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In response to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 26, the REINS Act, which would require Congressional approval of any major rule, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
“The REINS Act passed today by the House of Representatives would dangerously weaken every federal agency’s ability to implement and enforce laws adopted by Congress to protect public health. Under the guise of “reform,” this legislation is a sneak attack that would block clean air standards and tobacco regulations. The American Lung Association is disappointed the House passed this dangerous bill and urges the Senate to reject it.
“For more than 45 years, the Clean Air Act has saved lives by reducing deadly air pollutants, from ozone to lead to air toxics. Clean air protections are set through public, transparent processes that allow time for independent scientific advice and input from the public. Permanently delaying or stopping safeguards set under this process, as the REINS Act would do, would make it nearly impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job, resulting in premature deaths and other health problems that could have been prevented.
“When the Congress acted in a bipartisan fashion in 2009 to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight over tobacco products, it did so to empower FDA to implement commonsense safeguards to protect children from predatory tobacco industry marketing, to set meaningful product standards, and – for the first time – to provide oversight of all tobacco products. The REINS Act would delay or block these vital protections that are needed to address the cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and healthcare costs caused by tobacco use in America.
“Congress should not impose a greater burden on those who are already vulnerable to air pollution and harms from tobacco use, including children, older adults, and people living with lung and heart disease.
“The Lung Association urges the Senate to do what the House failed to: save our lungs and vote against this bill that will have sweeping impacts on the health of millions of Americans across the country.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.