Latta Votes for Bills to Reform Federal Regulatory Structure, Increase Transparency
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in voting to pass three pieces of legislation that would increase transparency and reform the federal regulatory process. The three bills, H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act; H.R. 1009, the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act; and H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act, all passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support this week.
“The regulatory process in Washington has been a mess for years and ultimately it’s hardworking men and women that pay the price,” said Latta. “The legislation passed in the House this week will provide more transparency on how these regulations are being developed so the public, and Congress, can effectively weigh in. More than that, we’re also clearing the books of old, outdated, and unneeded regulations that are negatively affecting job creation and economic growth. The era of overregulation is coming to an end, and these bills will help put a stop to a runaway regulatory process.”
Information on the bills:
• H.R. 998 – The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act – Establishes a bipartisan mechanism, the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, to identify old, out-of-date, and inane rules that hinder economic growth.
• H.R. 1009 – The OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act – Codifies the role of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a regulatory gatekeeper that ensures agencies follow procedure when developing significant rules and regulations.
• H.R. 1004 – The Regulatory Integrity Act — Requires greater transparency regarding how agencies communicate with the public about proposed regulations. The legislation also explicitly prohibits agencies from soliciting support in favor or against a proposal for regulatory action. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency carried out a public campaign for support of their Waters of the U.S. proposal while gathering public input. This action would not be allowed under this legislation.