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REINS Act Prevents “Executive Branch from Overreaching into the Lives of the American People,” Westerman says

January 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement upon passage Thursday (January 5) of H.R. 26, the REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny):

“Unelected federal bureaucrats are out of control,” Westerman said. “Writing rules that have the same force as law, they have clearly crossed the lines that divide our separation of powers. As a result, they have imposed overreaching regulations that have cost Americans nearly $2 trillion. Burdensome regulations not only hurt businesses and kill jobs, but hurt consumers when those costs are passed on. That is why the REINS Act is necessary. The bill we passed in the House today requires executive agencies to submit any major regulations to Congress for approval, preventing the executive branch from overreaching into the lives of the American people. Elected representatives should write law, not unelected bureaucrats legislating from the safety of their cubicle tucked away in a big gray building in D.C. where the general public has no recourse.”

According to the House Republican Conference, the REINS Act:

  • Requires agencies to submit major regulations to Congress for approval;
  • Guarantees no major regulation becomes effective until Congress approves them;
  • Guarantees fast up or down votes on major rules — Congress must act within 70 legislative days; and
  • Guarantees that there is an additional safeguard – through Americans’ elected representatives – against federal bureaucrats imposing the heaviest burdens on America’s economy.