Bergman Supports Regulatory Accountability with REINS Act

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Washington, January 6, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON – Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act:

“Regulatory overreach hurts our economy, threatens small businesses, and increases costs for taxpayers in Michigan and across the United States,” Bergman said. “Broad executive branch rulemaking undercuts the Constitutionally-mandated separation of powers and undermines transparency and accountability in the legislative process. The REINS Act addresses those issues by requiring every regulatory rule that has a significant economic impact to be approved by the elected Representatives of the people. This is about making sure that Michiganders have a say in the rules and regulations that impact their lives and livelihoods.”

Representative Bergman is a co-sponsor of the REINS Act (H.R. 26). The measure passed the House by a vote of 237-137 with his support.

H.R. 26 requires federal agencies to submit major regulations (those with economic impacts of $100 million or more) to Congress for approval, prevents those regulations from becoming effective until Congressional approval has been granted, and requires an expedited up-or-down vote on major rules within 70 legislative days.

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