Regulatory Reform

In recent years, federal bureaucracy has made over-regulation the norm. Meanwhile, hardworking Americans across the country suffer under the growing burden of misguided red tape. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule, its Clean Power Plan, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s crystalline silica rule illustrate the problem with big government: Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. often don’t know what works in the real world or understand the impacts their rules have on northeast Georgia and across the country.

As a member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, I have been active in helping rein in the power that the federal government exercises too broadly. Congress needs to enact permanent reforms to the regulatory process to check executive agencies that have tried to write law in violation of the separation of powers laid out in the Constitution.

In 2017, I introduced the Regulations of the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which was one of the first pieces of legislation to pass the House in the 115th Congress. This bill would require Congressional approval before any federal rules costing $100 million or more could take effect.

Each term I have been in Congress, I have also introduced the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, which would prohibit agencies from colluding with organizations in backdoor “sue and settle” agreements that achieve special-interest goals while ignoring the needs of the American people and blocking their input. The House passed this legislation in 2017.

With these and other reforms, we can shrink the reach of the federal government and ensure that Americans have the opportunity to thrive, free from unnecessary regulatory burdens.

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