Congressman Goodlatte has tweeted his pleasure at a report that the Trump administration is killing 16 federal regulations for every new one adopted.
Tellingly, Goodlatte says nothing about the actual regulations that have been scrapped or why he believes they are unnecessary. His default position is that regulations of any kind are almost always bad for business; his favorite description for them is “burdensome.” Their role in protecting workers, consumers and the environment are of little or no concern to him.
The Washington Post reported last week:
The Trump administration said it was pulling or suspending 860 pending regulations. Of those, 469 were being completely withdrawn. Another 391 were being set aside or reevaluated. These proposed regulations could be revisited at some point or dropped altogether.
The rules the administration targeted govern everything — from the basics of everyday living, such as a product safety standard for mattresses’ flammability when it comes to cigarettes, to what sort of precautions construction firms should be required to take so their workers are not run over by other vehicles on site.
Consumer and worker advocates countered that Trump officials were scrapping critical government safeguards, and the implications of these actions could ripple across the country for years.
“These rollbacks of critical public protections will leave American workers, consumers and children vulnerable on a daily basis,” said Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, “to risks such as air and water pollution, unsafe products and tainted food, dangerous workplaces and a newly deregulated Wall Street that once again could threaten economic collapse.”
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Among the regulations that Goodlatte is pleased to see disappear or be delayed:
— The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, that required any company bidding on a federal contract of $500,000 or more to disclose labor law violations– including wage theft and health and safety infractions. Those disclosures then had to be taken into account during the bidding process.
— A regulation that would have helped low-wage workers save money in government-sponsored retirement plans through auto-IRA accounts.
— Rules aimed at reducing workers’ exposure to cancer-causing silica and beryllium.
None of this seems to matter to Congressman Goodlatte, who has long put private profits above workers’ rights and public safety.
What a surprise, the guy who doesn’t fight the war is all for the war. The guy who’s not going loose a finger or an arm or be exposed to toxic waste calling for this band aid approach. He’s not going to lose his protections. Instead he benefits from a short term job bump in his district & is all to eager to take the credit but he won’t be there when they bury that worker.
Regulations were put in place not because there are democrats or liberals who want less jobs or less production or less efficient business growth. We all have witnessed and understand the Goodlattes of the world. They are evil beings that will exploit workers. The roll back of regulations cheered on by the lazy minded and fools eager to rely on the short term. Its predictable and Goodlatte is all too eager to exploit this situation. The exposure these desperate workers face as a result of these roll backs are predictably pushed to the back burner while there focus is on getting a few bucks today. The Goodlattes of the world all to eager to exploit these people and that’s what the right wing is about.
Deny climate change because the desperate screaming worker needs a job, forget regulations and work safety protections, the desperate worker needs a job, forget common sense gun regulation, the gun nut wants his gun fix, forget reasonable measures to apply common sense choice for women, the religious zealot doesn’t care what you want but rather what they want and there will always be a Republican to magically appear on the scene to cheer on the selfish interests in the name of free will and free choice and free this and free that particularly when they start whipping the crowd into a frenzy when on a dime they change and he screams there’s know free lunch and the Left wants to give away free stuff to those people that don’t look like you or act like us. BOOOOOOOO lets get that suff for our people.
These freak shows on the Right see the world as a steel cage match with all of US down there in the pit and what they have become proficient in is agitating all the individual interests for their own benefit
Again I wonder how “we” GOT sucked in by these intellectual lightweight carnival barkers.
PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT YOUR ONE OFF ISSUES. AND IF YOUR CHOICE IS NOT TO ABORT A LIFE EVEN THOUGH THAT CHILD WILL BE BORN AS A RESULT OF RAPE, OR THE CHILD WILL SPEND 60-70-80 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH BECAUSE OF PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT ARE UNIMAGINABLE. DONT HAVE ONE. YOU GUN TOTING FREAKBALLS WHO THINK YOU WILL HOLD OFF THE UNITED STANES MILITARY WITH YOUR MUSKETS AND SEEK SUPPORT FROM THE CONSTITUTION’S REFERENCE TO MILITIA’S. TAKE COMFORT THAT YOUR WRONG IN YOUR INTERPERTATION BUT YOUR USED TO IT I’M SURE. YOUR ESSENTIALLY WRONG IN EVERYTHING YOU THINK OR DO AND HAVE BEEN THAT WAY SINCE GRADE SCHOOL – FACE YOUR BURDEN AND HIDE THOSE PISTOLS UNDER THE BED, JUST ACCEPT THAT 2 OR 3 GUNS UNDER YOUR PILLOW WILL PROBABLY KEEP THOSE PEOPLE THAT DONT LOOK LIKE YOU AWAY FROM YOUR SHOE BOX LAWN
AND PEOPLE, STOP WORRYING THAT YOU DONT HAVE A JOB TODAY AND STOP CHEERING ON THESE RIGHT WING FREAKS THAT WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THAT YOU NEED WHEN YOU DONT HAVE A JOB AND USE THAT TIME , YOUR MOST VALUABLE COMMODITY TO LEARNTO DO SOMETHING THAT SOMENE ELSE VALUES AND WILL PAY YOU FOR. INSTEAD YOUR SCREAMING IN SUPPORT TO AGUY WHO WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING BY TAKING AWAY THE TIME YOU NEED TO LEARN IT
JESUS PLEASE SHOW THESE LOST SOULS THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS. THE DUDE OVER THERE THAT DONT LOOK LIKE YOU AINT YOUR PROBLEM, ITS THE FORKED TONGUE SCUMBAG RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU THAT’S YOUR ENEMY AND EACH NIGHJT YOU CLOSEYOUR EYES REMEMMBER ITS THEFACE OF THIS SCUM BAG GOODLATTE WHO IS YOUR ENEMY
THESE PEOPLE ON THE RIGHT ARE THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE