CEI Today: Patriot Act, regulating clothes driers, deadline for White House petition, and more

Friday, May 1, 2015
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CEI Urges Senate to Reject Reauthorization of PATRIOT Act Amendments

CEI and 12 other free-market organizations are urging the Senate to reject the latest attempt to fast-track an unamended reauthorizations of the USA PATRIOT Act without privacy reform. On Thursday, a bill to overhaul the law was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. > Read more



Government Spinning Up New Rules for Clothes Driers
The Department of Energy is considering updating efficiency rules for residential clothes dryers againCompetitive Enterprise Institute general counsel Sam Kazman says consumers should be trusted to decide which product features they want. “The basic question you’ve got to ask in any proceeding like this is ‘if this new technology and standards are going to be saving people money, then why do they have to force consumers to buy them,’” he said. “There are very questionable savings, they’re not dramatic, but the real thing is… why can’t consumers be trusted to make these decisions on their own? > Read more

White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more



How to Improve the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill


The Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for FY 2016 passed by the House Appropriations Committee spends too much, but does move some funding from very bad programs to somewhat less bad programs. 
The best thing in the bill is the set of riders that prohibit the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the proposed Waters of the United States rule. That rule if implemented would expand federal jurisdiction far beyond what was intended by Congress in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and far beyond the current definition or any reasonable definition of the navigable waters of the United States. > Read more

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