Howard Shelanski, the man tapped to be Obama's next regulatory czar -- or more formally, the head of the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) -- appeared before the U.S. Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
The agency is tasked with reviewing many regulations that would protect public health and safety. To our dismay, many of these critical rules, including a proposed rule that would protect workers from exposure to dangerous levels of silica dust on the job, have faced cumbersome delays.
Shelanski's views on regulations are largely unknown, and the Senate committee -- not to mention several advocacy groups -- wanted to find out where he stands. National COSH helped to live-tweet the Senate hearing (check out our Twitter feed for the latest). Below, check out blog posts recapping the events from our partners at the Center for Effective Government, Public Citizen, and the Center for Progressive Reform.