CEI Today: Delay Cordray nomination to CFPB, regulations outnumber laws, and reusable grocery bags are deadly?


Letter to Congress

CEI and the 60 Plus Association sent a letter urging Congress to delay considering the re-nomination of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in light of a court ruling striking down recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Bureau. 

"We suggest that the Senate should withhold its confirmation of Mr. Cordray until the legal implications of the Noel Canning v. NLRB ruling become clear," the letter urged.

CEI and 60 Plus are plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

> View the letter

> Inteview an expert on the Cordray nomination

> Read more about the lawsuit


Openmarket.org: The Anti-Democracy Index

Regulators put out more regulations than lawmakers pass laws.  CEI's Wayne Crews has put together an “Anti-Democracy Index,” which is his comparison of the number of rules finalized in the Federal Register to the number of laws passed.  “Calling it unaccountable rulemaking is an understatement,” says Crews. “It’s anti-democratic.”  Agencies have never issued fewer than a multiple of 12 times as many rules as elected lawmakers, and in 2011, issued 47 times as many.  > Read the full analysis on Openmarket.org


> Interview Wayne Crews

> See also, Out of control: 47 new regs for every new law, by Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

> Follow Wayne Crews on Twitter


Germs In Reusable Grocery Bags Can Prove Deadly


Cloth supermarket bags may be fashionable, but they can also prove deadly, according to a recent research paper published by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The researchers point out that after the city of San Francisco banned plastic bags, the number of emergency room visits for bacterial related diseases increased significantly.  > View the full commentary on Openmarket.org


> Interview Angela Logomasini


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