Published On: Tue, Jan 10th, 2017

Praise for the REINS Act as it moves to the Senate, ‘restoring Article I of the Constitution’ ‘reclaiming its legislative power’

Following the passage of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. 26, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

“We’re pleased to see regulatory reform be the focus of the first week of the new Congress. With the passage of the MidnightRules Relief Act on Wednesday and the REINS Act today, the House is beginning the process of restoring Article I of the Constitution and reclaiming its legislative power. We look forward to seeing other legislation that would rein in the regulatory state, such as the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, come to the floor for a vote.”

“We hope that Majority Leader McConnell will take swift action on these bills after the new administration takes office.”

On Wednesday, FreedomWorks issued a key vote in support of the REINS Act and will count this vote our Congressional Scorecard for the current Congress. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.

FreedomWorks aims to educate, build, and mobilize the largest network of activists advocating the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty and the rule of law.

For more information, please visit www.FreedomWorks.org

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. 26, was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.). The REINS Act requires congressional approval rules for economically significant regulations promulgated by federal regulatory agencies.

“The regulatory state, which has become an unconstitutional fourth branch of the federal government, has imposed a massive cost compliance burden on businesses and consumers,” Brandon wrote, urging citizens to call their Reps to vote YES on the REINS Act.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, federal regulation cost nearly $1.9 trillion in 2015 – nearly $15,000 per family. If the federal regulatory state were its own economy, it would rank as the 13th largest in the world.

“According to the Congressional Research Service, the Obama administration promulgated 570 economically significant – those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more – from 2009 through 2015. An August 2016 report by the American Action Forum noted that the Obama administration surpassed 600 economically significant rules, a total expected to increase before President Barack Obama leaves office. The Bush administration promulgated 505 economically significant rules in eight years.

“Under the REINS Act, the House and Senate would have to vote on a proposed rule and the president would have to sign it before enforcement of the rule can begin. The bill would give Congress 70 days to pass a resolution to approve a rule. If a resolution is not passed, the rule cannot take effect.”

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