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July 21, 2015

Time to shift power back into states’ hands

States and businesses face thousands of rules, regulations and unfunded mandates from the federal government every year, unfortunately, they have few options to fight back.

Recently U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a constitutional amendment to redistribute power to states. Enzi’s resolution would give states the authority to repeal any federal regulation or law, which would provide states with the ability to act in the best interest of their citizens.

 

Congress must stop the EPA from acting unreasonably

In a speech on the senate floor, Enzi advocated passing several legislative proposals to empower Congress and the states to fight back against the EPA’s unreasonable regulations.

  • REINS Act -  would require Congress to approve all new major regulations with an up-or-down vote.
  • ARENA Act - would prevent premature power plant closures by delaying the compliance date of the Clean Power Plan until the courts decide if the rule is on good legal standing.  

U.S. needs to learn from Greek crisis before it is too late

 

Enzi inquired at a hearing what lessons can be learned from Greece’s financial disaster.

The Congressional Budget Office Director Keith Hall said the main lesson to be learned is that it’s extremely difficult to make fiscal policy decisions under the pressure of a financial crisis.

Votes to shift education balance back to states

The Senate passed a bill recently that would curtail the federal government’s role in education.

Enzi voted for the bill saying this was a rare opportunity to shift the balance back to states and local school districts during an Administration that is too often successful in imposing Washington’s will.

Eliminating a regulation for every new one adopted

 

Enzi encouraged the agency in charge of reviewing federal regulations to explore the benefits of Canada’s policy of eliminating one regulation for every new measure adopted. Speaking to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Howard Shelanksi, at a Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, Enzi hoped that a new one-for-one policy on any new regulations would help minimize the growth of red tape on businesses across the country.