Overnight Regulation: Warren demands stronger worker protections

Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from the federal agencies, Capitol Hill and beyond. It's Tuesday evening here in Washington.

Here's the latest.



Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAbigail Disney: 'We're creating a super-class' of rich people Is Big Tech biased? The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE (D-Mass.) called for tougher rules to protect U.S. workers in a Tuesday speech on Capitol Hill.

"A new administration presents new opportunities to push for the strongest rules that protect American workers," Warren said at a pro-regulatory event organized by the left-leaning Public Citizen.


"Passing a law is not the end of the fight," Warren said. "It is just the beginning. Even when the industry loses, they come right back, trying to weaken or overturn those laws, either in the agencies or in the courts."

Warren accused industry of "bludgeoning agencies into submission" by distorting the rulemaking process.

She called for transparency measures that would help regulators weed through thousands of industry comments intended to delay the rulemaking process and "distinguish between legitimate, high-quality data and research" and "bought-and-paid-for studies."

She also pointed the finger at Congress.

"If we want truly independent agencies, we've got to give them enough money to do their jobs," Warren said.

"Starving the regulators is the quickest way to ensure that this work is essentially outsourced to the regulated industries themselves," she added.

The speech came a day after Warren held her first public campaign event with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Warren is getting significant attention as a possible vice presidential pick. http://bit.ly/291abgR



The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to discuss how to prepare for and protect the nation from Zika. http://1.usa.gov/28YA1S8

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss how to protect older Americans from financial exploitation. http://1.usa.gov/292exWM

The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight will hold a hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement and compliance programs. http://1.usa.gov/28WlXw9



The Obama administration will publish 166 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register.

--The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will issue new rules for religious organizations participating in the program.

The changes go into effect in 30 days. http://bit.ly/29lzdbA

--The Department of Energy (DOE) will fix errors in an efficiency rule for battery chargers.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy earlier this month issued new energy conservation standards for battery chargers. The corrections go into effect immediately. http://bit.ly/292grGx

--The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will raise the maximum fine for companies that violate its rules.

The higher fines will match the increase in inflation, the agency notes.

The changes go into effect on Aug. 1. http://bit.ly/292gbYm



McDonnell fallout could spread to other corruption cases http://bit.ly/293WlOy

Court rejects greens' challenge to natural gas exports http://bit.ly/292jZJ3

Court rejects request to rehear union case http://bit.ly/28YH7Gg

Volkswagen reaches $14.7B settlement for emissions cheating. http://bit.ly/292kfI0

Warren calls for tougher regs http://bit.ly/291abgR

Gilead wins FDA approval for cheaper Hepatitis C cure http://bit.ly/292yPiO

Obama official pledges 'adjustments' to controversial Medicare proposal http://bit.ly/28YH4dk

Senate spending bill blocks international climate funding http://bit.ly/292yPiO

GOP tax-writers: Treasury rules would reduce investment http://bit.ly/296IRT3

Anthony Kennedy restores a liberal Supreme Court – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/292c6n4

Another cruise line announces plans for Cuba voyages – USA Today http://usat.ly/298tW9M

Abortion ruling could create waves of legal challenges – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/299o6Xy



$14.7 billion: How much Volkswagen Group has agreed to spend in civil penalties and consumer compensation to settle lawsuits over cheating on diesel emissions tests. http://bit.ly/292kfI0



"The out-of-control regulatory system is what really needs to be regulated," -- Competitive Enterprise Institute Vice President Wayne Crews.

A regulatory budget may be one of the only ways to rein in "out-of-control" federal agencies, according to a new report from CEI. http://bit.ly/29lSD0a


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