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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

SCRUB and Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant

January 7, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) spoke on the floor of the House and managed debate to help two important regulatory reform bills pass the House of Representatives. The first piece of legislation, H.R. 712 - the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015 or “Sunshine Act”, is a combination of three separate pieces of regulatory reform legislation deemed a high priority by Marino and his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee.

This important package of regulatory reform measures ends the practice by which executive agencies conspire with pro-regulation stakeholders and manipulate the judicial system through “sue-and-settle” practices.  These suits result in a court decree and new regulation that avoids the rulemaking process.  It also includes provisions forcing federal agencies to disclose new or planned regulations along with the associated costs. Lastly, this bill requires a short, 100-word plain language summary to be published on a publically available website for every newly proposed regulation. 

Representative Marino also assisted in the passage of H.R. 1155 - the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act of 2015 or the “SCRUB Act.” This was the second important regulatory reform measure to pass the House today. The SCRUB Act would mandate the creation of a federal commission to review every existing federal regulation and make recommendations to Congress about which regulations should be repealed.

As the House Judiciary Committee reports, “According to a recent estimate, the federal regulatory burden has reached $1.86 trillion, which adds up to approximately $15,000 annually per U.S. household. The same study concluded that Americans worked an estimated 77 days per year to cover the cost of federal regulations that are a burden on families and businesses large and small.”

Congressman Marino issued the following statement about the passage of these bills:

“Reforming America’s colossal, invasive, costly and job-killing regulatory system is my number one priority in Congress. For decades government has grown and its regulatory tentacles reach within every facet of our economy.

What America needs is a regulatory overhaul. We need to scrub the regulatory books and direct some sunshine on the bureaucracy. That is exactly what the SCRUB and Sunshine Acts do. These bills are decisive and bold moves to eliminate backdoor tactics used by regulators who have no idea what it takes to live by their regulations and provide greater certainty for businesses and prospective entrepreneurs.

Overregulation is enemy number one for America’s economy and it is the single greatest threat to our prosperity and posterity. Today was a huge step forward in righting the wrongs done by a government gone wild.

I want to thank my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for sponsoring and cosponsoring these important bills. We will continue to propose and pass these reasonable reforms to get government off the backs of business and unleash the full potential of our economy.”