CEI Today: Obama nominee being Borked?, new Labor Dept hiring quotas, and a commission on reg reform

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In the News Today


Human Events: Binz is not being Borked

Ron Binz, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, still could be confirmed by the Senate. But Binz’ nomination is in trouble today not because of his public work as a member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission but because he appeared during his confirmation hearing to offer four statements that do match up with the facts. > Read more

> Interview Brian McNicoll



Openmarket.org: Labor Department Imposes Disability Hiring Quotas, Even in Divisions that Don’t Get Federal Contracts


The Obama Labor Department has just finalized rules that will effectively require businesses that get federal contracts to adopt a 7 percent hiring quota for the disabled. Much of the American workforce is employed by a federal contractor, since most large companies have federal contracts. So this will affect much of the economy, and impose massive new costs on American business. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader



American Spectator
: The Regulatory Improvement Commission

No bureaucracy would voluntarily reduce the size and scope of its mission and its budget. Instead, reform must come from outside. One such approach is the Regulatory Improvement Act of 2013, introduced by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The bill would establish an independent Regulatory Improvement Commission, which would identify rules ripe for repeal and send them to Congress.

The idea goes back at least two decades, and has garnered support from across the political spectrum, from former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TEX) on the right to the Progressive Policy Institute’s Michael Mandel on the left. Here’s how a Regulatory Improvement Commission would work.
> Read more

> Interview an expert



Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling

Feat. CEI's Gregory Conko

There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Join us as we examine the history and science of GMOs, their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers.




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CEI President Lawson Bader

Phrases and concepts that come straight from the free enterprise playbook—fiscal hawk, job creator, and venture capitalist—are clearly appropriated to promote increased government spending and intervention. > In Name Only

Sopot, Poland

Economic architecture of a new Europe. How to make institutions, governance and regulations to foster long-lasting growth?

Featuring CEI regulatory reform expert, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.