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S. 1292: Employment Protection Act of 2011

Open Congress Summary: “A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to consider the impact on employment levels and economic activity prior to issuing a regulation, policy statement, guidance document, endangerment finding, or other requirement, implementing any new or substantially altered program, or denying any permit, and for other purposes.”

Blue Says: This is a perfect example of wasted Congressional resources. This bill is nothing but a statement that environmental protection and consumer protection should come second to profits. We as a nation have a vested interest in keeping dangerous products and byproducts off our shelves and out of our air and water. Companies who use new chemical compounds should have to prove their safety before they go to market instead of defending them after damage is done. Republicans tell us that this will kill jobs, but for every manufacturing [probably low-wage] job lost, a chemistry/engineering [high-skill, high-wage] job will be created.

Blue Votes: Nay

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