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Regulatory Action Center Review for November 1, 2018

1. Video of the Week: With the holidays upon us, this video explains how excessive food regulation may not make us healthier.

11/01/2018
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FreedomWorks Foundation Comments on Proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule

Last week, FreedomWorks Foundation's Regulatory Action Center submitted formal comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the Trump administration's proposed reforms to vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards. These reforms to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards program would freeze standards at the 2020 model year level versus the progressive increases set out under the Obama administration. The proposed reform is entitled the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule and, as its name suggests, would yield significant improvements to the safety of passenger cars as well as improved economic and environmental outcomes. It would also eliminate a regulatory loophole that has allowed the State of California to impose its regulatory policy nationwide. However, while FreedomWorks Foundation believes this proposed rule is a significant step in the right direction, it is clear that EPA and NHTSA have the regulatory flexibility to go even further.

10/30/2018
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California Net Neutrality Law is a Fast Lane to a Court Loss

On Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law extreme legislation designed to protect so called “net neutrality.” The rules set forth by the legislation are not only a massive and unnecessary overreach based on faulty premises and wrought with unintended consequences but are also explicitly illegal under federal law. Thus, the federal Department of Justice filed suit against California mere hours later. In short, California has set forth on a fool’s errand guaranteed only to waste taxpayer resources on expensive litigation.

10/01/2018
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With the World Health Organization, the United States Should Get What It Pays For

Next month, the World Health Organization (WHO) will convene the eighth meeting of parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The United States is sending a delegation to this international meeting; however, our nation’s representatives will only be able to participate under observer status since the Senate never ratified the FCTC. This does not mean Congress and the Trump administration should ignore what WHO is up to in the realm of tobacco regulation, particularly given America’s status as the largest contributor to the international body.

09/17/2018
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Bernie’s BEZOS Bill Will Only Harm Poor, Unskilled Workers

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced legislation that would tax companies equivalent to 100 percent of the amount their workers receive in various welfare programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid. The bill, named in an attack on Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is targeted at companies like Amazon and Wal-Mart who employ many poor and unskilled workers. Sanders claims the bill would induce companies to pay these workers higher wages. The reality is that such a tax would impose egregious harms on the very people it purports to help.

09/06/2018
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FCC Commissioner Carr’s 5G Plan is a Strong Conservative Answer on Tech

Today, executives of big tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter faced heated questioning from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Democrats are upset with these companies over allegations the platforms are being abused to spread misinformation. Republicans are accusing these platforms of censoring certain speech. Unfortunately, while their complaints differ, both sides seem to be inching toward some sort of new regulatory scheme for this industry. This is to be expected from Democrats, but Republicans ought to know better. If they need some inspiration, they ought to look to what is happening at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), particularly what Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr announced just yesterday.

09/05/2018
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Tucker Carlson Misfires in Attack on Amazon, Wal-Mart

Last week, Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight on the Fox News Channel, attacked Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Carlson’s indictment is that Bezos, currently the richest man in the world, does not pay his employees enough because many Amazon employees qualify for various government welfare benefits, such as food stamps. Carlson additionally condemned the Walton family of the retail giant Wal-Mart, who have historically been the focus of this kind of attack. Then and now, there are several fundamental problems with this line of argument.

09/04/2018
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Senator Nelson Highlights Democratic Irony at FCC Hearings

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. Chairman Pai unsurprisingly faced questioning from Senate Democrats over the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, Pai’s flagship rulemaking which rolled-back onerous public utility-style regulations of internet service providers imposed by the previous administration.

08/16/2018
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FCC, Commissioner O’Rielly Right to Examine Outdated "Kid Vid" Rules

A lot of people are talking these days about the regulations that govern children’s programming (“Kid Vid” rules) on broadcast television, and the opinions run the gamut. Keep the current rules, evaluate them, relax them, deregulate them – make them more stringent even. Of the myriad of opinions that exist, everyone agrees on one thing: the media and content landscape has changed in ways we could never have even imagined back in 1990 when the Children’s Television Act was passed.

07/11/2018
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The Regulatory Review for April 7 - 20, 2018

Welcome to FreedomWorks Foundation’s sixth regulatory review! Our Regulatory Action Center proudly updates you with our favorite tidbits from the swamp. We want to smash barriers between bureaucracy and the American people by delivering regulatory news straight to FreedomWorks activists. Check back in two Fridays for the next edition.

04/24/2018

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