Rothfus Statement on Regulatory Reform Bills
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Rothfus [PA-12] released the following statement on a series of bills passed in the House this week to put the American people back in charge of the regulatory process conducted by Washington agencies:
“These bills will help ensure agencies in Washington craft regulations in a sensible, fair, and transparent manner. They will make it easier to eliminate or prevent overly burdensome regulations and to ensure regulators incorporate the input of the people whose industries these rules affect, including small business leaders, farmers, community bankers, health care professionals, and people in every sector of our economy,” said Congressman Rothfus. “We have seen significant harm to workers from Obama-era regulations, including the destruction of tens of thousands of middle class jobs in the coal industry as well as the closing of hundreds of local community banks.”
The House this week passed the following three regulatory reform bills:
- H.R. 998, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2017. This legislation establishes the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, a bipartisan, fair mechanism for eliminating unnecessarily burdensome regulations. The SCRUB Act also provides Congress with the opportunity to vote on recommendations for rule eliminations submitted by the Commission.
- H.R. 1009, OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act. This legislation codifies many of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs’ (OIRA) existing responsibilities and extends its authority to cover independent agencies. OIRA reviews significant regulations to ensure agencies thoroughly assess the need to regulate at all, consider alternate regulations, and conduct a cost benefit assessment.
- H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act. This bill would require executive agencies to make information about their regulatory actions publicly available on Regulations.gov. It would also prevent agencies from lobbying in support of its own proposed rules.