Senators have introduced a bill requiring Congressional approval of federal regulations, according to a press release from the office of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
Specifically, it requires “both houses of Congress to sign off on all major rules, which are defined as any regulation with a total yearly impact of $100 million or more.”
In 2009, the federal government issued 3,482 new rules and regulations, many of them aimed at doing an end run around Congress by misusing the regulatory process to furthering the Obama administration’s far left agenda on health care, climate change and other issues. The REINS (Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act will ensure curb this abuse by Washington bureaucrats.
The lead author is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Current co-sponsors:
Joining Hatch as co-sponsors are Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), David Vitter (R-La.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).
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