David Schoenbrod

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Fifty years ago today, the nation implemented a breakthrough statute, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Baines Johnson deserve the great credit that they get for its passage.

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When the unlikely duo of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and four other justices recently upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to require states to control interstate air pollution, it marked a small victory for clean air.

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The good news is that the House, Senate, and president concur in the bi-partisan budget deal. The bad news is that you won’t find a bill for $18,000 in your mailbox. That is bad news because the government needs that much from the average family every year to avoid going broke.

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Congress designed the current CAA around two fundamental misunderstandings about air pollution, misunderstandings that make the statute clumsy and that hinder further attempts at emissions reductions.

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The Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act would free state and local government from court orders that are unnecessary to protect rights, yet prevent states and localities from adopting to the lessons of experience and changing priorities.

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Speaker Boehner presides over the House during the official photograph of the House of Representatives of the 112th Congress in the House Chamber. July 26, 2011.

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H.R. 10 requires Congress to vote on the rules which unelected agency officials issue under vague mandates from Congress. This is the right way to find out which regulations the voters desire.

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The REINS Act receives its second hearing in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law on March 8, 2011. The act would shift representatives’ time from striking poses to taking responsibility for the most important laws that bind and protect their constituents.

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Regulatory drag can be reduced only as part of a reform that credibly promises to ease burdens and protect the public. Such reform is possible, but it needs to start by changing how Congress approaches regulation: lawmakers must assume responsibility for rule-making.

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Industrial air pollution

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The controversy over the Clean Air Act is worth understanding because it reveals a pivotal development that EPA and the environmental groups would prefer to conceal: the 40-year-old act is no longer a sensible way to regulate large-volume conventional air pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter.

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No Regulation Without Representation John Boehner

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John Boehner and Eric Cantor want to see Congress approve or disapprove major agency resolutions. Democrats will offer a grab bag of excuses for why this should not be done.

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REINS would improve environmental regulation by giving legislators a role in updating our obsolete environmental statutes. EPA has been rolling grenades to succeeding presidential administrations since it was established. The origin of the rolling, ticking hand grenades is Congress.

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