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Deregulatory Disasters: Americans Harmed by Deregulation Speak Out Against the Regulatory Accountability Act

Press Conference Will Show the Importance of Public Protections


WHAT: People who have been harmed by inadequate regulatory protections will share their tragic stories at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Economic Policy Institute. They also will call on Congress to reject the Regulatory Accountability Act (S. 951), which would shut down our system of public protections.

From dangerous cars to unsafe food to harmful consumer products, these heartbreaking and emotional stories will illustrate the far-reaching impacts of the corporate-backed deregulatory agenda pushed by Congress and the White House by showing how it affects the lives of workers, consumers and families.

After telling their stories, panelists will be available for individual media interviews. To arrange an interview, please contact David Rosen at or (202) 588-7742 by Wednesday, Aug. 9.

WHO:(Note: The list of panelists may be updated.)

  • Rachel Weintraub, legislative director and general counsel, Consumer Federation of America (moderator)
  • Chrissy Christoferson (Bend, Ore.), whose 10-month-old son was poisoned by salmonella in a toddler snack
  • Timothy Frink (Hollywood, Md.), whose 3-year-old granddaughter died because of a window blind cord
  • Miles Harrison (Purcellville, Va.), whose 21-month-old son died in a hot car

WHEN: 10 a.m. on Thurs., Aug. 10

WHERE: The Wellstone Room at the Economic Policy Institute
1225 I Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C.


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