Testimony and Letters to Congress

The Member Scholars and staff of the Center for Progressive Reform frequently testify before congressional committees or send letters to key legislators, covering a range of topics related to the CPR's work.

Below, browse Congressional and State Legislative Testimony and Letters to Congress. Visit this page for their communications with agencies, including letters and comments..

Testimony to Subcommittees of the House Education and Labor Committee on the Biden Administration's COVID-19 Vaccine Standard for Workplaces

On October 26, 2021, CPR Vice President Sidney Shapiro testified about the need and legality of the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine standard for workplaces. Shapiro presented his testimony to the Workplace Protections and Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittees of the House Education and Labor Committee.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Oct. 26, 2021)
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Author(s): Sidney Shapiro
Joint Letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act

CPR joined the Southern Environmental Law Center and more than 150 other organizations in a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, in support of the Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act of 2021.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Sept. 27, 2021)
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Testimony to the New York City Racial Justice Commission on Environmental Justice

On August 3, 2021, CPR Member Scholar Rebecca Bratspies presented testimony to the New York City Racial Justice Commission. She commented on environmental injustices in New York City and offered five recommendations for reforms that would help ensure that all New Yorkers can breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in healthy, thriving neighborhoods.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Aug. 3, 2021)
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Author(s): Rebecca Bratspies
Joint Letter to the House on the Environmental Justice for All Act

CPR joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition and other allies in a joint letter to the House of Representatives, urging members to cosponsor the Environmental Justice for All Act (H.R. 2021).

Type: Legislative Testimony (April 22, 2021)
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Joint Letter to the Senate on the Environmental Justice for All Act

CPR joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition and other allies in a joint letter to the Senate, urging senators to cosponsor the Environmental Justice for All Act (S. 872).

Type: Legislative Testimony (April 22, 2021)
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Joint Written Testimony to Maryland Legislators on Creating a Private Well Water Safety Program

CPR led the development of written testimony to the Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee on HB 1069, a bill to create a private well water safety program in the state. Twenty-three organizations joined CPR in submitting the testimony.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Feb. 24, 2021)
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Joint Letter on the Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act

CPR joined more than 85 worker safety organizations in a joint letter to Sens. Kamala Harris and Sherrod Brown, expressing support for the Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act. The bill directs OSHA to issue a heat stress standard for outdoor and indoor workers.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Oct. 8, 2020)
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Joint Letter to Maryland Legislators on Farmworker Protection Amidst the Pandemic

CPR joined with 70+ organizations in a joint letter to Maryland legislative leaders calling on them to convene a special session of the Maryland legislature in order to adopt legislation to protect the state's farmworkers from COVID-19.

Type: Legislative Testimony (Sept. 2, 2020)
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Joint letter opposing federal liability shield during COVID-19

In July 2020, a group of 136 law professors from across the United States, including 31 Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) Member Scholars, wrote to congressional leaders urging them to “ensure that our courthouse doors remain open to all Americans for injuries they suffer from negligence during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Type: Legislative Testimony (July 28, 2020)
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Letter to Congressional Leaders Opposing Coronavirus Liability Shield

Responding to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's threat to attach to a future stimulus bill a liability shield for companies that fail to protect workers or consumers from the coronavirus, CPR Member Scholars and staff wrote to congressional leaders urging that they not interfere with the ability of workers, consumers, and members of their families to hold businesses accountable when their unreasonably dangerous actions have caused them to contract COVID-19.

Type: Legislative Testimony (May 11, 2020)
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Author(s): James Goodwin

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