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Why Garland Supports the REINS Act

  • In the last decade alone, the Federal Government has issued nearly 38,000 new rules.
  • The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration has estimated that the regulatory burden on small businesses in a single sample year (2008) was over $10,585 per employee. The comparable regulatory burden on large businesses was estimated to be $7,755 per employee.
  • Evidence from the construction business community suggests that regulatory burdens are stifling our industry’s economic recovery.
  • Existing legislation (the 1996 Congressional Review Act),  though intended to encourage Congress to block bad laws, has had no impact on reining in bad regulations since it requires a joint resolution of disapproval from Congress and an Executive Branch that is unlikely to support rules promulgated by its own federal agencies.
  • The REINS Act of 2013 would require that all major rules (defined as those with an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more) receive affirmative congressional approval before having the full force and effect of law. Specifically, all such regulation would have to be approved by the House of Representative and by the Senate, then submitted to the President for signature or veto, before becoming law.
  • The intent of our Founding Fathers was for our elected representatives in Congress, not independent agencies run by non-elected officials, to bear the responsibility of legislating laws that would directly impact the lives and fortunes of their constituents. The REINS Act will return law-making authority to Congress where it belongs.
  • On August 2, 2013, the REINS Act of 2013, House Bill H.R. 367, as introduced by Representative Todd. C. Young, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Its companion Senate Bill S. 15 has been introduced to the U.S. Senate by Senator Rand Paul. We hope you will support Garland and the entire construction industry by encouraging your senator to vote for this legislation as it continues to navigate its way through Washington, D.C.
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