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Jaime Herrera Beutler, U.S. House Pass Bill to Give Job-Creating Small Businesses Protection from Expensive Regulations

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Washington, DC, July 29, 2015 | comments
Last evening, Jaime Herrera Beutler voted in favor of the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act, that would rein in unchecked federal agency rulemaking that has a significant economic impact.
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Last evening, Jaime Herrera Beutler voted in favor of the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act, that would rein in unchecked federal agency rulemaking that has a significant economic impact. Specifically, the REINS Act would require any new regulation issued by a federal agency with at least $100 million in economic impact to be approved by Congress.

Regulating Small Businesses: by the numbers

  • 72% of small business owners reported that regulations were hurting their “operating environment.” (Gallup poll, 2013)
  • In 2014, Congress passed and the president signed 224 laws. In the same time period, federal agencies issued 3,554 rules and regulations.

“For far too long, Congress has delegated too much of its rulemaking authority to unelected bureaucrats, resulting in excessive, job-killing regulations,” said Jaime. “No one believes that there shouldn’t be any regulations, but Congress should make sure that rules are commonsense and won’t cause unnecessary harm to landowners, businesses and farmers.  These are our communities’ employers. The REINS Act simply says that if the federal government wants a rule that will significantly impact our economy, it should pass muster with this nation’s elected and accountable representatives.”

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