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Feature: The REINS Act
Congress is considering legislation explicitly designed to make it much more difficult to implement safeguards, including those that protect public health, the environment, and food safety. The legislation, known as the REINS Act (Regulations of the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011), would kill any significant safeguard that both houses of Congress did not approve in 70 days. Requiring such second-guessing by Congress of every potential public health advance would shift decision-making from experts to politicians; allow Congress to undermine existing laws without amending them; and enable a majority in one House of Congress to void legal protections, dispensing with the role of the other body and the President.
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