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Jaime Herrera Beutler, U.S. House Pass SCRUB Act to Remove Outdated, Unnecessary Federal Rules

Federal regulatory burden $15,000 per year per Southwest Washington family; bill puts bipartisan committee in charge of removing out-of-date regulations; implements “cut-go” system requiring a removal of an outdated rule for implementation of a new one

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Washington, DC, January 7, 2016 | comments
Today, Jaime Herrera Beutler voted in favor of the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessary and Burdensome Act, or SCRUB Act, that would scrub unnecessary and outdated federal regulations that put measurable economic burdens on Southwest Washington families and businesses.
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Today, Jaime Herrera Beutler voted in favor of the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessary and Burdensome Act, or SCRUB Act, that would scrub unnecessary and outdated federal regulations that put measurable economic burdens on Southwest Washington families and businesses.

The SCRUB Act would:

*Create a bipartisan commission to identify existing regulations that are outdated and should be repealed and require the recommendation be presented to Congress for an annual vote. It would prioritize the review of regulations that are more than 15 years old and those that impose paperwork burdens on small businesses.

*Establish a Cut-Go mechanism that requires federal agencies to remove an outdated regulation agreed upon by the bipartisan commission in order to implement any new federal rule.

Regulating America, by the numbers

·         Small businesses spend an average of $10,585 per employee each year to comply with federal regulations (Small Business Administration).

·         The Code of Federal Regulations now contains approximately 175,000 pages of regulations within 235 volumes.

·         In 2014, agencies issued 16 new regulations for every new law, totaling 3,554 new regulations. 

“Federal regulations impose an estimated burden of $1.88 trillion on the U.S. economy, which boils down to $15,000 per Southwest Washington family.  It’s just common sense to remove all of the rules that both burden citizens and no longer have any use,” said Jaime. “The 'Cut-Go' part of the bill is important – too often, federal agencies just layer new rules on top of the outdated old ones, creating a confusing mess.  This bill forces bureaucracies to remove obsolete regulations from the books.”

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