American Lung Association Calls on Senate to Oppose Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
(January 11, 2017) - WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill that would undermine the ability of federal agencies to set science-based safeguards that protect public health. In response, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
"Simply put, the Regulatory Accountability Act is slow-motion government shutdown. It would have dangerous consequences for Americans' health, particularly on our most vulnerable populations, including children, older adults and those living with lung and heart disease. The American Lung Association is disappointed in the House's passage of this legislation and calls on the Senate to reject it.
"This bill would not ensure 'regulatory accountability.' Instead, under the guise of reform, it would impose dozens of unnecessary requirements that would bog down the process for setting health safeguards – safeguards that would successfully prevent more asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes and premature deaths.
"Current law already requires that federal rules go through extensive review, analysis and public comment before they are finalized. H.R. 5 would impose additional layers of red tape on agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration that would dramatically impair their ability to do what the Clean Air Act and the Tobacco Control Act set out to do: protect our health from harmful air pollution and tobacco products.
"Furthermore, the bill prioritizes industry profits over public health, requiring that agencies default to setting rules with the estimated least cost to industry – not, for example, according to what the science says is necessary to protect health.
"The Regulatory Accountability Act is a broad assault on the ability of federal agencies, including the EPA and FDA, to protect public health. The Lung Association urges the U.S. Senate to save our lungs and vote against H.R. 5."
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 coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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