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Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Chair, I rise in strong support of the amendment offered by my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Lois Capps, and in opposition to the underlying bill--the majority's latest assault on clean air and public health. I'd like to thank Congresswoman Capps and all of my colleagues who've spoken in opposition to this bill, which puts the health of all Americans--especially our children--at great risk.

This amendment simply requires recognition of the very real health consequences of air pollution. For example, curbing mercury pollution will protect children and mothers from toxins that damage a developing brain.

With this amendment, the required report must assess the effect on birth and developmental defects and infant mortality rates caused by the delay in better clean air standards. What's wrong with that? Who could be opposed to that?

For such a small additional effort, this assessment would provide crucial information affecting the health of all American families.

As a mother of three young children, whose health is among my absolute greatest concerns, I urge my colleagues who are parents and grandparents to take a moment and consider the impacts of this bad bill.

Delaying EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will have serious consequences on their children and grandchildren. Remember that we are their first line of defense in this world.

I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this good amendment and opposing the underlying bill.


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