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Property Rights Legislative Alerts
Dear Senator Johnson and Representative Ribble,
On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I applaud you for introducing the Midnight Rule Relief Act, S. 2368 and H.R. 4607 respectively. Your bills would prevent an outgoing administration from issuing any new significant regulations during a “lame-duck” session, eliminating a great source of uncertainty for American businesses.
A recent small business administration study reveals that it now costs a small firm more than $10,000 per employee to comply with all the federal regulations. And those regulations cost the entire nation $1.75 trillion a year, almost double what Americans pay in income taxes each year.
Americans for Prosperity issued the following statement today in response to the House vote on the REINS Act:
“We commend the work of Rep. Geoff Davis and the Republican leadership for passing this critical reform to restore accountability and constitutional balance to the federal regulatory process,” said AFP VP Policy Phil Kerpen. “This is a major victory for the American people and we urge the Senate to take up and pass this bill as soon possible.”
The House voted 241-184 to pass H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS) Act. Republicans unanimously supported the bill, which requires Congress to vote on economically significant regulations before they can take effect. Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the bill, with 184 voting against it and only four voting for it.
By Phil Kerpen, vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity - 12/02/11 09:39 AM ET
The upcoming vote on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. 10, on the House floor will show clearly which members of Congress take seriously the legislative power vested in them by citizens under Article I of the United States Constitution.
Read the rest at The Hill.
Take action to support REINS here!
Karen Budd-Falen of Budd-Falen Law Offices writes the article below. She was a recent speaker at the Basic American Rights Seminar held in Portland on September 22nd. She spoke about this perverse exploitation of the “EAJA” by many in the environmental community. Let us help her and others correct this wrong.
Chalk one up for the good guys who are trying to bring transparency and accountability for the amount of taxpayer dollars paid in attorney fees. The bill to return the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”) to its original intent has crossed its first giant hurtle–passage through the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee!! Now we need your help to get this bill through the full U.S. House.