Coalition Fighting Back Against Calls for Less Regulation
The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, which includes labor, environmental, public interest and other groups, was created in response to calls for less regulation even as the country tries to recover from problems like the financial crisis and the BP oil spill, said Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen and one of the coalition's co-chairs. (The other co-chair is Katherine McFate, the president of OMB Watch.)
The coalition, which includes the AFL-CIO, Clean Air Watch and the American Association of University Professors, is focused on promoting research that counters the argument that regulations kill jobs; writing blogs, op-eds and letters-to-the-editor; and generally "rejecting the artificial regulation versus jobs dichotomy," Weissman said. Weissman, for example, wrote a piece called "The GOP's Deregulation Obsession" in The Nation and the coalition compiled an analysis about the Regulatory Accountability Act, warning that it would "grind to a halt the rulemaking process at the core of implementing the nation's public health, workplace safety, and environmental standards."
The coalition as a whole will not get involved in the 2012 elections, Weissman said, but some of its members will likely do so independently.