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The League believes that the role of the federal government should include the following:(see website for complete text)
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The League believes that some government provided services could be delivered more efficiently by private entities; however, privatization is not appropriate in all circumstances. Privatization is not appropriate when the provision of services by the government is necessary to preserve the common good, to protect national or local security or to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of society. While the League recognizes that the definition of core government services will vary by level of government and community values, services fundamental to the governance of a democratic society should not be privatized in their entirety. These services include the electoral process, justice system, military, public safety, public health, education, transportation, environmental protection and programs that protect and provide basic human needs.
The decision to privatize a public service should be made after an informed, transparent planning process and thorough analysis of the implications of privatizing service delivery. While specific criteria will vary by service and local conditions, the League believes the following considerations apply to most decisions to transfer public services, assets and functions to the private sector: (complete text can be found at Privitization)
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Instead of focusing on strengthening the economy and growing jobs, it includes the REINS Act (S. 299), a bill that would actually create far more regulatory uncertainty by throwing every regulatory issue into the Congress. More pollution and uncertainty won't create jobs.
One of the most sweeping and radical bills ever to be considered by a Congress, REINS would undo more than 100 years of safeguards by allowing just one chamber of Congress to block law enforcement of existing statutory protections -- from worker safety, to public health, to Wall Street reform. This would make Congress the required arbiter of every technical question and business dispute, would allow a single chamber of Congress to stop any regulation, no matter what the substantive record showed, and, in one fell swoop, would effectively rewrite virtually every environmental and other regulatory statute by making their requirements unenforceable.
S.1786 also includes rollbacks for clean air standards that will protect public health by limiting dangerous pollutants like toxic mercury, arsenic, soot, and smog, from the nation's largest pollution sources, including incinerators, and cement plants. The bill's many other health and environmental rollbacks include an attack on the National Environmental Protection Act and unnecessarily delays life-saving standards.
Let us be absolutely clear: sacrificing tens of thousands of American lives will not create more jobs. Poisoning the air our children and our families breathe will not stimulate the economy. Burdening the American people with hundreds of billions of dollars in health and welfare costs will not lead to sustained economic growth. Sowing the seeds of massive economic uncertainty will not help the economy.
Now more than ever, the American people need their members of Congress to work together to solve the nation's problems in a bipartisan manner. We urge you to reject these polluter-led attacks on public health and instead focus on real solutions that grow the economy, not cost lives.