Senate Republicans introduce legislation to rid ‘burdensome’ regulations

Courtney Bublé

A group of Senate Republicans introduced legislation on Wednesday that would create an annual process to eliminate regulations deemed duplicative, burdensome or outdated.

Sens. Rick Scott, Fla; Tom Cotton, Ark.; Steve Daines, Mont.; Mike Enzi, Wyo.; Josh Hawley, Mo.; Kelly Loeffler, Ga.; David Perdue, Ga.; and Thom Tillis, N.C. introduced the “Unnecessary Agency Regulations Reduction Act.” The legislation aligns with the Trump administration’s deregulatory initiative, which the administration has expanded to help the economy recover from the recession created by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Throughout my time as governor of Florida, we cut more than 5,200 burdensome regulations to get [the] government out of the way so businesses could succeed. Our focus on reducing taxes and cutting regulations meant more than 1.7 million new jobs were created in our state,” said Scott, who is leading the legislation. “The [bill] helps bring Florida’s success to Washington by creating more efficiency in the federal government. We have to do everything we can to protect taxpayer dollars and rein in wasteful spending, and eliminating unnecessary regulations is an easy way to do that.”

If enacted, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs––a division of the White House Office of Management and Budget––would be required to submit to Congress annually a list of unnecessary regulations. OIRA would compile the list in consultation with agencies and the Government Accountability Office’s annual report on cost saving opportunities. The list “shall be not less than 10% of all major rules and sets of major rules.”

Congress would then have 30 days to review the list and suggest modifications. Within 60 days of that, the House and Senate would introduce a joint resolution (eligible for expedited consideration) to address the recommendations.

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