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On behalf of more than 2.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to urge a YES vote on two important bills the House of Representatives will consider this week: Rep. Issa’s Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 and Rep. Collins’ Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.
We urge a YES vote on H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, and the REINS Act. Americans for Prosperity will include both votes in our congressional scorecard.
In the final days of the Obama administration, federal regulators have issued hundreds of new and potentially burdensome rules. These so-called ‘midnight regulations’ are not given an appropriate level of scrutiny and threaten to inflict further damage to our economy. A new Congress and a new President have been elected. The Midnight Rules Relief Act would ensure the people’s newly elected representatives have the opportunity to examine and overturn regulations finalized by the outgoing Obama administration.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act expands the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which grants Congress 60 legislative-days to review and if necessary, overturn federal rules, allowing the en bloc disapproval of multiple regulations that are finalized late in a President’s final term. The CRA allows privileged consideration of a resolution of disapproval of individual regulations and only requires a simple majority to pass. Passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act provides a unique opportunity to roll back the regulatory state, which the 115th Congress must immediately seize.
Additionally, the REINS Act would finally allow Congress to reassert its constitutional role in the rulemaking process, by requiring Congressional approval of every major rule issued by the Executive Branch before it could take effect. Major rules are those determined to have an annual economic impact of $100 million or more.
Americans deserve relief from the overly burdensome regulations that are dragging our economy down. The REINS Act is a vital check on an unelected bureaucracy and the vast number of regulations they issue.
We urge a YES vote on Rep. Issa’s, Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 and Rep. Collins’ REINS Act. Americans for Prosperity will include both votes in our congressional scorecard.
Visit our scorecard online: afpscorecard.org
Director of Federal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Americans for Prosperity