Congress


A Free Ride: How Special Interests Are Undermining Chemical Facility Safety

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

I’ve talked about the importance of a clean budget with no riders on this blog before, and my colleagues certainly have discussed this issue at length in the past. Read more >

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How Congress Just Improved Transparency: FOIA Reform

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. But this year, it’s extra special. This July 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom of Information Act, also known as FOIA. The bedrock transparency law essentially allows citizens to know what their government is up to. This year, we will have even more reason to celebrate. Read more >

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Photo: Kai Schreiber./CC BY-SA (Flickr)

The Budget Process Shouldn’t Be a Playground for Special Interests

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

It’s appropriations season in Congress. And that means special interests. Read more >

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Will Spring Bring More Sunlight? Freedom of Information on Congressional Agenda

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

There’s so much bad news about partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill, it’s refreshing to have some good news to report.

When it comes to improving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), fifty years old this year, Republicans and Democrats are working together to achieve reform.  Indeed, both the House and the Senate have passed bills that would significantly strengthen FOIA.  The bills had overwhelming bipartisan acceptance. No Senator objected to the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, S. 337. The House FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, H.R. 653, bill passed by voice vote. Read more >

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The Politics of Pizza: The “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” is Anything But

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the House of Representatives on February 12 sent a calorie-laden heart-shaped pizza to Big Pizza, particularly Domino’s Pizza. It passed a bill, with an Orwellian title the House leadership loves, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act. The bill is designed to undermine a truly common-sense regulation that the Food and Drug Administration has been working on for years to ensure that consumers have access to understandable information about the calorie content of restaurant menu items. Read more >

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