Consumers Union: Senate hearing takes important look at delayed regulations

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Senior Policy Analyst

August 1, 2013

Consumers Union: Senate Hearing Takes Important Look At Delayed Regulations

WASHINGTON – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said today’s Senate hearing on delayed federal regulations is an important forum to discuss how these stalled rules are putting consumers at serious risk.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is holding the hearing, entitled “Justice Delayed: The Human Cost of Regulatory Paralysis” as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights, and Agency Action.

Ami Gadhia, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “We’re very concerned about delays that are keeping a variety of health and safety measures from being implemented.  One of our top concerns is a rule to require automakers to improve rear visibility in order to prevent injury and death from vehicle backovers.  NHTSA proposed a set of rules more than two years ago, but the rules keep getting pushed back.  These rules are critical to eliminating the blind zones behind vehicles that can put people, especially children and seniors, at risk.  We commend Senator Blumenthal for putting a spotlight on these types of problems and pushing to end the delays.”

The subcommittee hearing is currently underway.  More information about the hearing is available here.

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Media contact: Kara Kelber, kkelber@consumer.org202-462-6262