U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., cosponsored legislation to increase accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process.
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, reintroduced this Congress by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and 31 other cosponsors, would rein in unelected federal bureaucrats by requiring that Congress affirmatively approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch before it can be implemented and enforced. Under current law, regulations take effect unless Congress specifically disapproves.
“Congress has given far too much power to unaccountable bureaucrats who implemented too many regulations, many that are harmful to our country and our economy,” Enzi said. “The REINS Act would give Congress authority to review major rules and help reduce unnecessary and overreaching regulations.”
Reiterating current federal law, the bill defines a “major” rule as one that the Office of Management and Budget determines may result in an economic impact of $100 million or greater each year; “a major increase in costs or prices” for American consumers, government agencies, regions or industries; or “significant adverse effects” on the economy.
U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is also a cosponsor of the legislation.
In the 115th Congress, the legislation passed the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 17, 2017, while the U.S. House passed Rep. Doug Collins’ (R-GA) companion legislation by a vote of 237-187 in January 2017.
Click here to read the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act.