CEI Today: Senate votes for Big Sugar, chemical regulation, and UN mandates on disability

SUGAR SUBSIDIES IN FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

Another Sweet Deal for "Big Sugar" in Senate Vote


In a loss for consumers and taxpayers, Congress once again voted to continue the outdated, wasteful sugar program. The Senate voted 55-45 against a bipartisan amendment to the farm bill, cosponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and others that would have instituted much-needed reforms of the program. The amendment specifically addressed some add-ons in the 2008 farm bill that made the program even worse by further restrictions on imports, higher price supports and a costly sugar-to-ethanol program. > Read more


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CHEMICAL BILL - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

'Chemical Safety Improvement Act' Not, In Fact, An Improvement, Analyst Says

 

Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., surprised the Senate with their introduction of legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act on Wednesday, and Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute is not convinced this is a terrific idea.

The senators say the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 would, “for the first time, ensure that all chemicals are screened for safety protect public health and the environment …” and create “an environment where manufacturers can continue to innovate, grow and create jobs.”

Logomasini, a senior fellow in CEI’s Center for Energy and the Environment, says the current law did not need this kind of help.
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SENATE COULD RATIFY UN DISABILITY MANDATES

American Spectator: Disabling American Sovereignty

 

The United States Senate will likely soon consider ratification the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which fell six votes short of the 67 needed last December. The CPRD’s stated purpose is “to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.” While seemingly well-intentioned, the treaty would enable an enormous increase in the potential power of UN bureaucrats over the American people and undermine national sovereignty. > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray

TODAY!

Wayne Crews testifies before Congress today on reauthorizing the Water Desalination Act of 1996, H.R. 745.

Subcommittee on Water and Power
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 255, H.R. 745,
and H.R. 1963
Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Water and Power
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

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TEN THOUSAND COMMANDMENTS

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 


This week marks the publication of the 20th anniversary edition of the CEI’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state, Ten Thousand Commandments.  cei.org/10kc


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