This post is sponsored by Clean Air Moms Action. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
Did I ever tell you that I have a degree in political science? Politics, government and social issues fascinate me; and sometimes current events make me feel like I’m living in a textbook. For a political nerd like me, it’s intriguing. But there are some things happening that you’ll want to pay attention to even if you hate politics. Right now, there are two proposed reforms in Congress that aren’t about politics. They directly affect the safety of our children. Since becoming a parent of two children with special needs, I’ve become more aware of safeguarding our environment and the products we use for our families.
We rely on our government to make sure the things we use are safe: the food we eat, the air we breathe, the toys we give our children. Two pieces of legislation in Congress will gut the protections we have come to take for granted. The REINS Act and the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) are direct threats to public health as we know it. If passed, these two acts will prevent agencies from implementing and enforcing safety laws that are common sense and have broad public support. The REINS Act would require Congressional approval of rules, giving either branch of Congress – or powerful lobbying groups – a pocket veto on commonsense safeguards. The RAA would create hurdles to rule making that are similar to the ones that kept the U.S. from banning asbestos for many years after we knew its harmful affects. Here’s how these two pieces of legislation will impact things that we rely on:
Can you imagine the hyper vigilance of parents of children with food allergies? They need to check every ingredient that they give to their children. Efforts that have been put into place to label allergens, reduce sodium, eliminate trans fats, remove arsenic and lead from baby food and juice, and label GMOs would be eliminated by the RAA. That could mean life or death to a child with severe food allergies.
When I select a toy for my child, I take for granted that it is not contaminated with chemicals that could harm them. These two bills would undermine safety regulations for nearly every product that our children come into contact with.
Protections to safeguard our children from chemicals and carcinogens, like asbestos in classrooms and lead in drinking water, would be difficult or impossible to implement and enforce under these bills.
Air and water
Increased pollution causes rates of respiratory illnesses and asthma to rise. One in 10 U.S. children suffer from asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease. These bills would make it more difficult to keep our air and water clean.
One survivor was the catalyst for the glow-in-the-dark safety pull inside the trunks of cars. This lifesaving consumer protection would be in jeopardy under the RAA and REINS Act. Learn more about this below:
It’s scary to think about what we would do without all of these protections in place, isn’t it?