Center for Progressive Reform

Congressional Testimony and Letters

The Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform frequently testify before congressional committees on a range of topics related to the organization’s core issues.  In addition, Member Scholars often communicate with federal agencies, testifying, filing comments on proposed regulations, or bringing important matters to their attention by way of letters or other means of communication. 

Below, browse Congressional and State Legislative Testimony and Letters to Congress. Or browse letters and testimony from 2008 and earlier, here. Read Member Scholars' Communications with Agencies (Letter, Comments and Testimony).

CPR Member Scholars and Staff Testimony before Legislative Committees and Letters to Members of Congress include:
Matthew Shudtz, March 15, 2016 letter to U.S. House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, re Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations rider on poultry slaughterhouse inspection system.
Robert Verchick, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, and Richard Murphy January 5, 2016 letter to Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi, re the Sunshine for Regulations Act of 2016.


  • Letter to Senators on Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act. On November 1, 2012, CPR Member Scholars Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, and Rena Steinzor sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging them to oppose S. 3468, which would inhibit independent federal regulatory agencies by allowing the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to exert influence over their rulemakings.
  • Daniel Rohlf's June 19, 2012 testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee on Endangered Species Act litigation.
  • Joel Mintz's June 6, 2012 testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on EPA's enforcement record.
  • Thomas McGarity's August 4, 2009 Testimony on preemption of state tort laws in cases involving medical devices, before the Senate HELP Committee.  Read the news release.
  • Catherine O'Neill's May 12, 2009 Testimony on the need to act on the remaining mercury-emitting chlor-alkili plants in the United States, before the U.S. House House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Read the news release.
  • Rena Steinzor's April 30, 2009 testimony before the House Science and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight on clean science and regulatory issues. Read the news release.


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