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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Reps. Marino, Goodlatte Praise House action on Cutting Job Crushing Regulations

October 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington D.C. – During President Obama’s two terms in office, executive agencies have finalized nearly 3,000 regulations to the tune of $821.6 billion. This Congress, the House Judiciary Committee passed ten pieces of legislation aimed at cutting these job crushing regulations.

House Judiciary Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.) released the following statement:

“The Obama administration has created a runaway regulatory state that continues to burden hardworking Americans and businesses. As a Congress, it is our job to protect the American people from such egregious overreach on behalf of the executive branch. That is why I, along with my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, have worked tirelessly to reign in excessive regulation. I am proud of the work we have done to promote economic stability and job growth throughout the United States. I encourage the House, the Senate and the president to champion these measures so we can provide real relief for American families.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued released the following statement:

“Hardworking Americans have been seeking a way to stop the avalanche of unnecessary and costly regulations, and the House Judiciary Committee has responded with action. Throughout the 114th Congress the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust law has been the primary driver to curb costly and burdensome regulations imposed by a runaway administrative state. Along with cutting regulations, the subcommittee has worked to ensure that American businesses are working for the American consumer while operating in the current economy.

 “The work of the subcommittee, as well as the House Judiciary Committee as a whole, has produced tangible results with many critical bills passed by the House in bipartisan fashion. These efforts would not have been possible without the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Marino.”

Background: Of the ten bills, one was included in legislation signed into law by the president, six passed the House and three await a vote on the floor. All bills focus on stopping excessive regulation that halt economic growth and overly burden businesses.  A list of the bills can be found below and online here.

  • H.R. 348, RAPID Act
    • Summary: Streamlines the approval and permitting processes for federally-funded energy, critical infrastructure and other vital construction projects
    • Status: Passed the House on September 25, 2015 by a 233 – 170 vote.
      • Provisions were included in the Surface Transportation bill signed into law in December 2015.
  • H.R. 3438, the REVIEW Act
    • Summary: Automatically implements a stay of any regulation with costs over $1 billion per year once a lawsuit is filed
    • Status: Passed the House on September 21, 2016 by a 244 – 180 vote.
  • H.R. 4768, Separation of Powers Restoration Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
    • Summary: Overturns the judicial doctrine of Chevron deference to agency interpretations and reassert the role of Congress as the writer of laws
    • Status: Passed the House on July 12, 2016 by a 240 – 171 vote.
  • H.R. 427, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS)
    • Sponsor: Rep. Todd Young (IN-09)
    • Summary: Requires major regulations, with annual costs over $100 million, shall have no force or effect unless Congress approves through a joint resolution
    • Status: Passed the House on July 28, 2015 by a 243 – 165 vote.
  • H.R. 527, Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
    • Summary: Ensures complete analysis of potential regulatory impacts on small businesses
    • Status: Passed the House on February 5, 2015 by a 260 – 163 vote.
  • H.R. 1155, SCRUB Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08)
    • Summary: Establishes a process to review and repeal federal regulations
    • Status: Passed the House January 7, 2016 by a 245 – 174 vote.
  • H.R. 712, Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)
    • Summary: Prohibits DOJ back door “sue and settle” rulemaking practices
    • Status: Passed the House on January 7, 2016 by a 244-173 vote.
  • H.R. 690, Providing Accountability Through Transparency
    • Sponsor: Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (M0-03)
    • Summary: Requires any notice of proposed rulemaking to contain a 100 word plain English summary
    • Status: Reported unanimously by Committee on March 24, 2015; passed the House as part of H.R. 712.
  • H.R. 1759, the ALERT Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
    • Summary: Requires monthly agency reports on the rules they plan to propose or finalize in the following year
    • Status: Reported 14-9 by Committee on March 15, 2015; passed the House as part of H.R. 712.
  • H.R. 5982, Midnight Rules Relief Act
    • Sponsor: Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
    • Summary: Provides for “en bloc” disapproval of midnight regulations
    • Status: Reported 15-5 by the Committee on September 21, 2016.