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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Make VW Pay

House Tees Up VW Bailout and Other Attacks on Public Protections, Consumer Rights | Ed Mierzwinski

(Updated 8 January to add vote results): You've probably heard that the House is soon planning to again repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That bill will certainly be vetoed. But the House has other anti-consumer, anti-environmental bills scheduled for floor action this week and next. The bills take aim at agency health, financial and safety regulations and also consumer rights to band together as a class to take their grievances against corporate wrongdoers to court. That last bill would immunize Volkswagen from having to compensate VW Diesel owners for being deceptively sold cars designed to "defeat" air pollution requirements.

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Blog Post | Public Health

Is your daily routine toxic? | Anna Low-Beer

Because of a lack of regulation, many cosmetics and personal care products contain potentially toxic ingredients, like formaldehyde and lead acetate. What toxic chemicals might you encounter as you go about your daily routine? 

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Blog Post | Public Health, Food

Progress in 2015 and hope for the new year | Anya Vanecek

This was a big year for the fight to save antibiotics. Now we’re looking to the future and looking forward to continuing our efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming.

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Blog Post | Public Health, Food

All I want for Christmas is responsibly-raised meat. | Anya Vanecek

I don't want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need...

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News Release | TexPIRG | Food

Historic Food Safety Bill Headed to the President’s Desk

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives, strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety authority for the first time in seventy years.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Food

Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Higher Ed

Senate Approves Crucial Student Aid Measure

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the U.S. Senate’s 79 – 16 vote to pass the Fiscal Year 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act, with a crucial amendment to fully fund the Pell Grant program.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Health Care Suit Threatens to Burden Consumers with Higher Costs

 

 

 

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the opening of oral arguments today on McCollum v. DHHS, the lawsuit brought by state attorneys generals and governors against the new federal health care law. If this lawsuit were to eventually succeed in stripping out individual responsibility from the new health care law, consumers will be the ultimate losers.

 

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Virginia Ruling Would Cost Consumers if Affirmed by Higher Courts

 

 

Judge Henry Hudson’s ruling today is simply bad for consumers- in Virginia or any other state.  If higher courts affirm Hudson’s ruling, Americans with insurance would be left with more than $1000 a year in higher insurance premiums because too many of those without coverage will continue to use the Emergency Room as their primary care. 

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