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Everyone is Hopping Mad About the Farm Bill | Jason Donofrio

We were hoping that the U.S. House of Representatives would deliver a Farm Bill that will cut wasteful payouts to junk food ingredients. But the farm bill is making consumer groups, faith based groups, poverty groups, conservative and taxpayer groups, social justice groups and small rural farmers justifiably hopping mad.

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Happy 106th birthday to two landmark food safety laws! | Diane E. Brown

This week marks the 106th anniversary of the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act, two landmark pieces of consumer based legislation which established the modern food protection system as we know it.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Responding to Students, Congress Extends Low College Loan Rate

Statement of Serena Unrein, Arizona PIRG Public Interest Advocate, on the Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

Federal Transportation Bill is a Step Backwards

Statement of Serena Unrein, Public Interest Advocate for Arizona PIRG, regarding the final Federal Transportation Bill as released today. The nation has been without a new transportation bill since the 2005 law expired in September 2009 and has been subject to nine temporary extensions.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Health Reform Law

Today’s decision means leaders in Arizona need to move forward and make sure health reform delivers lower costs and better quality for consumers.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

New Child Nutrition Bill Takes Important Steps on Food Safety

Today, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 was introduced in Washington, D.C.  This bill reauthorizes and expands funding for the Child Nutrition Act -- proposing approximately $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Close Tax Loopholes, Keep Jobs in the U.S.

This Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act," by a vote of 215 - 204. The Act, voted on in two parts, will curtail tax avoidance by multi-national corporations and lessen the incentive to move jobs overseas.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

U.S. Senate Takes Historic Step Toward Reining in Wall Street

The U.S. Senate's passage of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act tonight was long over-due and sets the stage for final passage of historic reform. While the bill is not perfect, it includes strong measures to rein in Wall Street’s casino bets, regulate the shadow derivatives markets, protect consumers and prevent future economic meltdowns.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

U.S. Senate Votes Down Broad Attack on State Enforcement of Wall Street Reforms

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted down a broad crippling amendment to the Wall Street Reform bill.  The amendment would have given the federal government sweeping ability to preempt or override states’ capacity to protect their own residents from dangerous and deceptive practices of banks and other financial institutions, while taking state Attorneys General off the corporate crime beat. 

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S.D.A.'s New Performance Standards Should Bring Safer Poultry to Market

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced new performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter -- the most common disease hazards in the meat and poultry supply. The USDA has cut the target levels for Salmonella in poultry by over 60 percent, and set the first-ever performance standard for Campylobacter.

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