March 1, 2013
There are currently thousands of pages of federal regulations, many burdensome to America’s job creators, towns and cities, and families, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Enzi co-sponsored legislation this week to help Americans and businesses by creating a process for simplifying and decreasing federal regulations.
“The Administration has weakened the legislative powers of Congress by moving forward on rules and regulations that go further than they should under the law,” said Enzi. “This bill would give the representatives who have been put in office by the voting public their due by requiring Congressional input and approval. It’s how it should be, but it’s not how it is.”
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2013 would require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch before it can be implemented and enforced. Once the Executive Branch drafts major rules, they must be approved by both bodies of Congress and signed by the President. A major rule is any rule that the Office of Management and Budget finds may result in an annual impact of $100 million or more, a major increase in costs for consumers, or significant adverse effects on the U.S. economy.
“When we burden the American people with federal rules and regulations, the people need their say and they aren’t getting it from those who are unelected in Washington,” said Enzi. “Input from elected representatives should be expected and required in the rule-making process from the start.”
To read the bill text, click here.