President Bush’s announcement that he has appointed Susan
Dudley to head a powerful regulatory agency is a blow to government’s ability
to protect the public.
Dudley has a record of unrelenting
hostility to regulatory protections for the public health, safety, consumers,
the environment, privacy rights – everything that we expect our government to
By White House fiat, Dudley has
become the new administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory
Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget. There, Dudley
will have power to weaken, delay and eliminate important regulations to protect
the environment, public health, safety, civil rights, privacy and consumers.
Bypassing the Senate is a sign that the president does not
have faith that Dudley could get through the process on
her own merits. Even more than just a
slap in the face of the Senate, it is a signal that the Bush administration is
moving from siege to all-out war on the nation’s public protections.
Tell Congress that this outrageous act can’t go
unnoticed: demand oversight! No blank check for Dudley... the cost is too high!
STOP SUSAN DUDLEY
The Senate decided in 2006 not to let the Dudley nomination leave the committee--and even told Bush that re-nominating her would be a waste of time.
Not only has Bush ignored the Senate and just put Dudley in this powerful office, but he has also given her even more power to damage our health and safety with a recent executive order.
Tell Congress enough is enough -- the air you breathe depends on it!