Rena Steinzor, professor and president of the Center for Progressive Reform, testified at “Justice Delayed: The Human Cost of Regulatory Paralysis,” the first hearing of the Senate's Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights, and Agency Action on August 1.
Steinzor testified on “how regulations—particularly those issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have saved many lives and how the public’s health would be better protected if agencies like the EPA were not systematically and relentlessly frustrated in their efforts to fulfill the statutory missions assigned by Congress.”
“The subcommittee deserves tremendous credit for airing the truth about the public health regulations that agencies are writing as directed by Congress,” said Steinzor in her testimony. “The costs of delay are as real as they should be unnecessary, given the clear mandates of the law. Unfortunately, the overwhelming clout of Fortune 100 companies and their relentless, self-serving effort to ignore the great benefits provided by these essential protections has dominated the airwaves.”
In addition to Steinzor’s testimony, the committee, presided over by Chairman Richard Blumenthal (D), current senator and former attorney general of Connecticut, received testimony from: Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy for American Action Forum; Peg Seminario, director of safety and health for ALF-CIO; Dr. Patrick McLaughlin, senior research fellow at Mercatus Center; and Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org.
The subcommittee is one of seven within the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and has the following jurisdiction:
1. Administrative practices and procedures including agency rulemaking and adjudication
2. Judicial review of agency action
3. Third party enforcement of federal rights
4. Oversight of the Department of Justice grant programs, as well as government waste and abuse
5. Private relief bills other than immigration
6. Oversight of the Foreign Claims Settlement Act