As the House and Senate put forward their bills to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, the New York Times Editorial Board says both bills lack the thing that would be the most important to the public: speedy evaluations of the most worrisome chemicals among the tens of thousands of chemicals that have never been tested for safety. (New York Times)
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“For a state surrounded by water, Florida should be leading the nation in preparing to adapt to climate change. Yet with Gov. Rick Scott a self-proclaimed skeptic of man-made warming, the state is offering virtually no direction to local communities despite the impact already being felt from Miami to St. Augustine. State and local governments should increase their efforts before rising sea levels pose even greater dangers to public safety, property and the drinking water supply.” – from aTampa Bay Times Editorial.
Senate passes Fast Track, but unions rallying – After the Senate passed Fast Track Trade Authority late last week, unions and allies are planning protests around the nation during Congress’ Memorial Day recess to call for lawmakers to do the right thing in the House and vote against Fast Track. (Politico)
Split House GOP – A split in the House GOP gives hope to efforts to stop Fast Track. (Politico)
Propping up those that voted wrong – President Obama has created a advocacy organization to prop up those Democratic Senators and Representatives who vote for Fast Track Trade. (Politico)
Transportation patch passes – The short-term fix to keep the Highway Transportation Fundsolvent passed Congress before the weekend. (The Hill)
Water rule forthcoming – In the next few days, the Obama administration is set to announceclean water protections for rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. (New York Times)