I’m going to tell you why I believe the REINS Act is good policy- Craig Bushon

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I’m going to tell you why I believe the REINS Act is a good  policy.

The REINS Act, or Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, requires Congress to approve all major new regulations proposed by federal agencies before they can be implemented. This act is considered conservative because it limits the power of executive agencies and reduces government overreach.
I believe that the federal government has grown too large and intrusive, leading to unnecessary regulations that hinder economic growth. The REINS Act would help curb this by ensuring that major regulations receive a thorough review and approval from Congress. This also promotes accountability and transparency in the regulatory process and prevents unelected bureaucrats from making significant policy decisions.
Additionally, the REINS Act aligns with conservative principles of limited government and separation of powers. It places the responsibility of creating new regulations back in the hands of the elected representatives of the people, rather than bureaucratic agencies.
And of course some will argue that the REINS Act limits the power of executive agencies too much, I generally support it as a necessary step towards reducing government overreach and promoting accountability.
Lets remember the words of Thomas Paine who famously wrote in his pamphlet “Common Sense” that “a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” He argued that individuals have a natural right to govern themselves, and that the power of government should be limited in order to preserve personal liberties.
Craig Bushon
Here is more on the Reins Act:

Congresswoman Cammack Introduces REINS Act To Limit Executive Overreach
January 11, 2023

Over 140 GOP Conference members sign on as original cosponsors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kat Cammack announced the introduction of the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2023.

This bill would reassert Congress’ legislative authority and prevent excessive overreach by the executive branch in the federal rulemaking process. It would require every new “major rule” proposed by federal agencies to be approved by both the House and Senate before going into effect. The bill would also preserve Congress’ authority to disapprove of a “nonmajor rule” through a joint resolution.

The REINS Act would define a “major rule” as any federal rule or regulation that may result in: an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, government industries, government agencies, or geographic regions; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

“During the first year of this administration, the Biden White House added more than $200B in new regulatory costs,” said Rep. Cammack. “These new regulations cost the American taxpayers over $2T per year in compliance costs and economic losses without the proper oversight from the legislative branch. The REINS Act is a core part of House Republicans’ mission to reintroduce government accountability and to restore Congress’ role to check the regulatory actions of federal agencies. I’m grateful to the overwhelming support of my colleagues on this bill and look forward to seeing it pass the House this Congress.”

“For too long, Washington bureaucrats have been empowered to create rules that cost our nation hundreds of millions of dollars,” said House Majority Whip Tom Emmer. “We are proud to join Representative Cammack in this effort to make these unelected regulators answer to Congress.”

“For the last two years, President Biden and progressive Democrats have imposed harmful regulations on the American people,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “The REINS Act will place a much-needed check on unelected bureaucrats. It’s time for Congress to reclaim its lawmaking authority, and this bill is an important first step toward ending the Biden Administration’s radical overreach.”

“Unnecessary government regulations and excessive red tape impose crushing economic burdens on Kentuckians and Americans across this country,” said Rep. James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight & Accountability. “Since President Biden took office, his administration and unchecked bureaucrats are full steam ahead on enacting a radical, far-left agenda through executive action. I am proud to support Representative Cammack and her legislation to ensure federal rulemakers no longer bypass Congress. Americans deserve a voice in the federal rulemaking process and have suffered from significant and costly regulations for far too long.”

Rep. Cammack first introduced this bill in March 2021 during the 117th Congress. You can read more about the bill in the exclusive Fox News article by Brianna Herlihy here.

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