February 8, 2017

Progressives sue Trump over 1-new-2-out rule

The Hill - Liberal groups are challenging President Trump’s order requiring federal agencies to repeal two regulations for every new rule they issue.

The National Resources Defense Council, Communications Workers of America and Public Citizens sued Trump on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the so-called 1-in-2-out executive order.

The left-leading groups argue Trump’s Jan. 30 order exceeds his authority under the Constitution and will block important health, safety and environmental protections without taking the benefits of those rules into account.

Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America, said workers shouldn’t be required to “trade off one set of job, health and safety protections in order to get protection from another equally dangerous condition.”

“This order means that the asbestos workplace standard, for example, could be discarded in order to adopt safeguards for nurses from infectious diseases in their workplaces,” Shelton said in a statement.

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