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  • CFPB’s Kraninger Should Drop Navient Litigation in Light of Supreme Court Holding

    July 17, 2020
    CEI has praised Kathy Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for her many deregulatory initiatives that—in contrast to her predecessor, Richard Cordray—protect consumer choice and beneficial innovation. Yet, we have also criticized her for letting the CFPB continue to pursue some of the meritless litigation of the Cordray era.
  • Chamber of Commerce to Congress: You're Killing the Economy with Kindness

    July 17, 2020
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce begged Congress on Thursday to scale back the $600 weekly unemployment benefit bonus it has been giving to U.S. workers. The nation’s top business trade association said the benefits included in the CARES Act were undermining the economic recovery by discouraging people from seeking work.  
  • How to Make #NeverNeeded-Style Reforms Stick

    July 16, 2020
    There are lots of good regulatory reform ideas out there. The ideas with the most staying power share a common theme. They don’t just treat this or that rule. They treat the larger rulemaking system that keeps churning out those harmful rules. With a tough economic recovery ahead once masks, prudence, and treatments defeat COVID-19, now is a good time to implement them.
  • A Massbackwards Approach to Helping Rideshare Drivers

    July 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy on Tuesday jumped on the bandwagon that California Governor Gavin Newsom started by suing rideshare companies Uber and Lyft in her state for the crime of “misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors.” Healy is accusing them of skirting their responsibility to abide by state and federal employment regulations like minimum wage and overtime.
  • Final Rule on National Environmental Policy Act an Important Step to Get America Back to Work

    July 15, 2020
    Along with its regulatory reforms, the Trump administration has also sought to unleash the American economy by streamlining the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects like roads and pipelines. A key component of this effort was finalized today in the form of a rule making key changes and clarifications to the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 13, 2020
    New COVID cases continued to rise, and the Supreme Court handed down a number of controversial decisions to end its term. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from web coatings to sling carriers.
  • Unions Say They Shouldn’t Be Burdened with Complex Process They Created

    July 10, 2020
    A favorite tactic used by unions to prevent membership losses, and the accompanying loss of dues money, is making the process of opting out of as difficult and confusing as possible. Government employee unions may now get a taste of their own medicine thanks to a federal rule announced Thursday that puts the burden on unions, not workers, to deal with the process.
  • Congress’ Long Bipartisan History of Defending Cops Accused of Wrongdoing

    July 10, 2020
    For more than a decade, one of the areas of broad bipartisan agreement in Congress was on protecting police officers “unfairly targeted” for their “aggressive enforcement of the laws.” It was the one area where conservative tough-on-crime and liberal pro-labor positions overlapped.
  • Democrats Use Phony Asbestos Narrative to Attack CPSC Nominee Nancy Beck

    July 9, 2020
    During hearings related to Nancy Beck’s nomination to the Consumer Product Safety Commission earlier this month, Senate Democrats engaged in what basically amounted to character assassination. Today we examine claims that Beck somehow blocked regulations to ban asbestos.
  • New #NeverNeeded Paper: Regulatory Reform

    July 9, 2020
    Regulatory reform is one of the most important policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Removing obstacles to health care can save lives. Removing barriers against remote education, telecommuting, and gig jobs can help people make ends meet. But getting rid of this or that #NeverNeeded regulation is not enough. Policy makers need to reform the rulemaking process that continues to generate bad rules.

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