The Health and Safety of America's Workforce Are at Stake in Upcoming Budget Battles

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2013—In advance of Labor Day and the looming budget battles in Congress, the Center for Effective Government has published a report showing that the health and safety of America's workforce is on the line as lawmakers gear up for the fiscal debates ahead. The report notes that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is significantly underfunded and does not have the resources it needs to fulfill its mission. Looming cuts would set it back farther.

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Impacted Citizens and Environmental Leaders Speak Out On BLM Fracking Rules

The public comment period closed today for the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) second version of its Proposed "Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands" rule. BLM rules apply to more than 750 million acres of public lands and minerals: underneath Tribal lands, National Forests, Wildlife Refuges and other special places, beneath more than 50 million acres of privately-owned land, and drinking water sources for millions of Americans. These rules affect the health of communities and the environment, and the water and air upon which they rely.

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New Analysis and Interactive Map Illustrate Dangers of Freight Trains Carrying Toxic Chemicals

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2013—In response to the recent Lawtell, Louisiana, rail accident, the Center for Effective Government today released an analysis and a new interactive map that displays freight train derailments and other incidents involving toxic chemicals.

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5th Anniversary of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: Five Safety Breakthroughs in Five Years

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013— Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Kids In Danger (KID), Consumers Union (CU), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), U.S. PIRG, Public Citizen, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Center for Effective Government mark the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

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Center for Effective Government Supports Reintroduction of the DATA Act

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013—The Center for Effective Government welcomed the reintroduction of a revised version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, in both the House and Senate this week. The Center for Effective Government commended Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for working together on this important legislation. The DATA Act will provide an unprecedented level of transparency and create critical new tools to track and analyze federal spending and hold officials accountable for their decisions.

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Center for Effective Government Welcomes New Executive Order on Transparency

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013— Today, President Obama signed an executive order on data and information transparency. Titled "Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information," the order was accompanied by an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo detailing the new policy and its implementation. The policy is intended to make public information more open and more easily accessible to the American people.

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Interactive Map Details Anhydrous Ammonia Facilities, Accidents Nationwide

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013—The Center for Effective Government released an interactive map, data table, and analysis detailing anhydrous ammonia facilities and accidents nationwide, following up on concerns about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Anhydrous ammonia was one of two chemicals stored in large quantities at the West plant and can pose serious risks to human life and health if explosions, fires, or other accidents release it into surrounding communities.

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Automatic Spending Cuts to Meals on Wheels Program Could Force 39,000 Seniors into Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013—In a report released today, the Center for Effective Government finds that sequestration's automatic spending cuts could force tens of thousands of American seniors into nursing homes, increasing Medicaid payments to nursing homes by $489 million each year. Across the country, seniors rely on Meals on Wheels to stay in their homes, but the program is slated for cuts under sequestration.

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Changes to Charitable Deduction, Federal Income Tax Rates Would Hurt Nonprofit Organizations

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013—In an analysis released today, the Center for Effective Government finds that proposals to limit tax deductions for charitable giving and to consolidate and lower federal income tax rates would hurt nonprofit organizations. Both approaches would decrease Americans' incentives to give to their favorite charities.

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Two Federal Budget Plans Stray Far from Americans' Call for Public Investments in Crucial Services, Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013—In a side-by-side analysis released today, the Center for Effective Government examines a set of congressional budget proposals and contrasts them with public support for specific areas of public investments. The analysis shows that while the American people strongly support maintaining or increasing funding for Social Security, Medicare, education, and road and bridge repair, two of the four budget plans stray far from the public's views.

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