News bites: Financial regulators near crucial nonbank vote

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a study finding environmental groups are using “sue and settle” tactics to influence rules drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A report from the Environmental Working Group concluded that Food and Drug Administration regulations have not led to safer sunscreen.

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices MORE announced that he would offer a farm bill amendment to repeal the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act.”

The Defense Department pressed tougher rules to keep fertilizer and other chemicals out of the hands of bomb-makers in Pakistan.

A group of western Senate Democrats called for more oversight of energy traders.

A pair of major Affordable Care Act rules moved forward in the face of GOP criticism.