Anti-smoking campaign, SEC probe of pre-IPO trading, inquiry into European telecom operators, and more.
- A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) found that some managers at certain major banks knew that employees forged lending documents.
- The Senate rejected an amendment to a highway funding bill that would have extended the federal employee pay freeze.
- Leading telecommunications operators were questioned by competition authorities from the European Commission to determine if meetings of their bosses led to collusion.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) unveiled a nationwide anti-smoking campaign, with a series of ads that feature former smokers who discuss the negative health consequences of smoking. See related The Regulatory Review essay.
- A new CDC report indicated that food-borne illnesses from fish, spices, produce and other imported products is on the rise. See related The Regulatory Review essay.
- The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will offer schools a choice on beef purchases for lunches amid “pink slime” criticisms.
- Democrats pressured the House to pass the Senate approved Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1812), a transportation bill.
- Senator Jim DeMint introduced legislation (S. 2186) that would overturn Justice Department regulations that would force public-access swimming pools across the country to install handicapped-accessible ramps and lifts.
- A bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate (S. 2184) that would provide financial support to the fishing industry and would seek to improve management of our oceans.