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Letter of Support: Reining In EPA and Army Corps “Wetlands” Regulators

In recent years, however, the EPA and the Army Corps have attempted to expand their jurisdiction to impose stringent new regulations on isolated wetlands, ephemeral streams, farm runoff and drainage, and other “waters” in the U.S. that are arguably not at all connected to navigable waters nor interstate commerce. A recent guidance document, for example, tries to circumvent both Congress and multiple Supreme Court rulings on wetlands regulation.

Property Rights Legislative Alerts

Letter of Support: Midnight Rule Relief Act, S. 2368 and H.R. 4607

April 30, 2012 J

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.

Democrats Abdicate Responsibility with REINS Vote

December 08, 2011 J

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.

The REINS Act ends unchecked bureaucratic power

December 02, 2011 J

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!

ATTORNEYS FEES REFORM PASSES THE U.S. HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

November 21, 2011 J

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.

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