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AFP KEY Vote: YES on Regulatory Accountability Act

Jan 10, 2016 by AFP

Dear Representatives:

On behalf of more than 3.2 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write to urge a YES vote on H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017.

We urge a YES vote on H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

The regulatory state grew dramatically under President Obama and brought job losses and slower economic growth. Since 2009, federal regulators have issued more than 600 major rules at costs exceeding $700 billion. But the costs are not just monetary — Americans across the country have also endured higher paperwork hours, barriers to opportunity, distorted investment decisions, and disruptions in innovation and the development of new technologies.

H.R. 5 combines a series of positive rulemaking reforms passed during the 114th Congress. This legislation would put rules on the rule-makers. It would require agencies to consider alternatives and require selecting the least burdensome one. It would also require agencies to use best science in promulgating a rule, require public hearings for the highest cost rulemaking, and increase transparency by requiring agencies to provide advance notice and plain-language summaries of proposed rules. Most importantly, H.R. 5 would end the Chevron and Auer doctrines – Supreme Court precedents under which agencies are afforded wide discretion in interpreting statues, often far beyond Congressional intent.

Coupled together with the REINS and Midnight Rules Relief Acts, which passed the House with bipartisan votes last week, H.R. 5 represents an important step in restoring constitutional checks and balances. Congress should continue its efforts in rolling back existing regulations and prevent similar expansions in the future.

We urge a YES vote on H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: afpscorecard.org

Sincerely,

Chrissy Harbin

Director of Federal Affairs and Strategic Initiatives

Americans for Prosperity