House Republicans’ Continued Attacks on Worker, Environmental Protections Show They Are Not Interested in Helping Working People

The BlueGreen Alliance’s Executive Director Kim Glas reacts to House passage of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2017) – Following the passage of H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Kim Glas:

“Today we have seen yet another attack on worker and environmental protections by House Republicans—the third since they came into session. The RAA would dramatically shift the way labor and environmental protections are handled by federal agencies—and not in a positive way for working people.

“Our country needs to grow the middle class, not rewrite the rules so that those in power can get more power and wealth on the backs of working people. We need good jobs and fair wages so that working families can provide for their children, save for a rainy day, and invest in their communities. House Republicans are doing the exact opposite. Instead of creating and maintaining quality jobs, protecting the environment or addressing climate change, or safeguarding workers on the job, they are standing up for more profits on the backs of the health and safety of workers and our planet.

“We urge the Senate to reject this and other terrible bills—including the REINS Act and Midnight Rules Relief Act—that the House has passed since coming into session.”