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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

Congressman DeSaulnier Passes Measure to Protect Public Health

February 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, a measure authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) was included in the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 998), which authorizes $30 million to establish a commission charged with reviewing federal regulations and recommending regulatory repeals. Congressman DeSaulnier’s amendment directs the commission to analyze the negative impacts to public health, such as air and water pollution which can lead to an increased risk of illness, before recommending the repeal of any federal regulations. The amendment overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 348-to-75.

“This anti-regulation bill aimed at slashing federal guidance to help corporations turn a profit in the short term, pays little regard to the long-term health and safety impacts on the American public. In California, I helped strengthen the first-in-the-nation ‘Health in All Policies’ program, which requires a similar review of government policies and health effects. This policy, in effect for 6 years, has led to greater collaboration across agencies, established more robust protections for public health, and has saved taxpayer dollars,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

“This is a necessary and reasonable improvement to the bill, and I am encouraged by the bipartisan support it received. I will continue to push my Republican colleagues to consider public health before enacting policies that will adversely impact the American people,” DeSaulnier concluded.

Congressman DeSaulnier voted against the SCRUB Act because it dramatically undermines Congressional authority by placing unelected members, with virtually unlimited subpoena power, in charge of reviewing existing agency rules for repeal. No rule, including those aimed at protecting against conflicts of interest in the federal government or whistleblower protections, would be safe.