Congressman

Cynthia Lummis

Representing Wyoming

House Acts To Require Congressional Approval For New Executive Branch Regulations

The House pulls the plug on bureaucracy run amok, requiring Congress to approve all major regulations.

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Washington, Aug 2, 2013 | Christine D'Amico ((202) 225-2311) | comments
On the last day before the August work period, the U.S. House acted to curtail Executive Branch rulemakings that have incurred billions in economic damage. HR. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, requires any new regulations with an annual economic cost exceeding $100 million to be voted on and approved by Congress before taking effect. Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, testified before Congress that the cumulative regulatory burden increased by more than $520 billion during President Obama’s first term in office.
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On the last day before the August work period, the U.S. House acted to curtail Executive Branch rulemakings that have incurred billions in economic damage.  HR. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, requires any new regulations with an annual economic cost exceeding $100 million to be voted on and approved by Congress before taking effect.  Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, testified before Congress that the cumulative regulatory burden increased by more than $520 billion during President Obama’s first term in office.

“It’s a surprise to no one that the Obama Administration would rather have its bidding done through regulation than have policies actually debated before Congress,” said Lummis. “The regulation onslaught and resulting red tape has laid an enormous bill at the foot of the American taxpayer, all while Congress takes a back seat.  Enough is enough.  These major regulations, often driven by political agendas, affect everyone and should be subject to the democratic process.  Today the House took a stand against this Administration’s pathological side-stepping of Congress.”

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