The Senate is likely to vote in December, during the lame duck session, on the nomination of Susan Dudley, an extremist from an industry-funded think tank, to be the new regulatory czar.
Now is the time to take action. Let your Senators know they should vote against the Dudley nomination. Click here to send a letter to your Senators.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), current chair of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, announced her likely support of Dudley and her plan for a committee vote after the November 13 hearing on Dudley's nomination to head OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Other members of the committee have yet to take positions.
Collins's expected support comes after Dudley evaded answering pointed questions during the hearing and backed away from some of her more radical positions. Since the hearing, new concerns regarding a conflict of interest were raised because her husband serves as head of an EPA office that oversees environmental regulations that she would review as head of OIRA. You can read more about the Dudley vote here.
Dudley's confirmation would allow corporations and other large special interests to continue exerting their power over safety, health, environmental and civil rights safeguards. Accordingly:
- OMB Watch, Public Citizen, labor and environmental groups have written to Collins and Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), the incoming chair of the oversight committee, requesting they oppose the nomination in committee. Read the letter here.
- More than 100 organizations have voiced their opposition to Dudley. Read the letter here.
- Our reasons for opposing Dudley are more fully explained in the recent report by Public Citizen and OMB Watch, The Cost Is Too High: How Susan Dudley Threatens Public Protections.
Voters just sent a message that we need a change - they said putting special interests above public interests must stop. Dudley's confirmation would be more of the same.
If your organization would like to join the over 100 groups opposing the Dudley nomination, send an email to OMB Watch.
Help put an end to the era of powerful corporations shaping federal policies.
Gary D. Bass