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House Key Vote Alert: Support the REINS Act, H.R. 367

Jul 29, 2013 by AFP

Dear Representatives:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to support the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS), H.R. 367. This legislation would help restore the proper balance of power in the legislative process by requiring Congressional approval of proposed major rules.

I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS). Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Congress has delegated an alarming amount of legislative authority to federal agencies over recent years. By writing unclear statutes and tasking federal agencies to figure out the important details, Congress has empowered unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to write regulations that carry the force of law and have an enormous impact on essentially every aspect of American life.

The REINS Act will reassert Congress’s proper role in the regulatory process by requiring members to approve all proposed rules that have an estimated economic impact greater than $100 million. These major rules would not go into effect unless Congress votes to approve it and the President signs off on it. This would put a check on federal agencies from overstepping their authority, and it would allow Americans to see how their elected officials voted on a particular rule and hold them accountable.

I urge you to vote YES on H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS). Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Visit our scorecard online: www.afpscorecard.org

Sincerely,

Christine Harbin Hanson
Policy Analyst
Americans for Prosperity