CEI Today: Durbin's vendetta against supplements, NLRB deal backfires, carbon tax, and the great culture war

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
In the News Today


The Hill: Sen. Durbin’s vendetta against supplements


Are you responsible enough to make your own decisions regarding whether to consume energy drinks or dietary supplements? Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) doesn’t seem to think so. On Aug. 1, Durbin reintroduced legislation -- the Dietary Supplemental Labeling Act. [It] gives the FDA more power to regulate supplemental and dietary ingredients, which may include your favorite energy drink or vitamin. In effect, the agency would begin to treat supplements as if they were medicines. The bill’s new regulations would require warning labels and impose new restrictions on what can be produced. This could have huge adverse effects on any business manufacturing supplements.> Read more

> Interview Liz Thatcher


Senate NLRB Deal Backfires on GOP…Again

On Tuesday, July 30, the Senate [voted] to confirm all of President Obama’s nominations to the NLRB. While confirming the NLRB nominees restored the agency’s quorum and ability to legitimately make decisions it will continue to act as Big Labor’s pet agency. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs



Globalwarming.org: House Passes REINS Act with Anti-Carbon Tax Amendment


The House voted on an amendment offered by Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) that would require congressional approval before the executive branch could implement a tax on carbon dioxide emissions using regulatory authority.  The vote reveals that 176 Democratic Members of the House are not opposed to raising taxes.  That vote could play a role in some districts in the 2014 congressional elections. > Read more

> See also: 19 Groups Urge House to Buck Authoritarian Carbon Tax

> Interview Myron Ebell


Forbes: We're In A Cultural War Between The Forces Of Economic Dynamism And Stasis

We’re in a cultural war between the forces of dynamism and stasis. Can it be won? Do today’s potential entrepreneurs have the courage to resist the forces of stagnation? Perhaps. > Read more

> Interview Fred Smith





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Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

Well, it’s official: We finally have a fully staffed National Labor Relations Board.

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our
Congressional Scorecard page here.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The USDA not only requires licenses for dairy imports, it also imposes tariffs and quotas. The goal is to financially benefit dairy farmers, though a side effect is higher prices and less choice for consumers.