S. 226/H.R. 427: "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act)"

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S. 226/H.R. 427: "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act)"
House Senate
Sponsors:
Rep. Todd Young (IN)
Sponsors:
Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
Summary:

The REINS Act will restrict the executive branch from issuing executive orders and federal regulations without approval from Congress.

Summary:
Status:

Passed House (7/28/15)

Status:

Introduced and Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (1/21/2015)

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time
Background:

The REINS Act will “increase accountability for and transparency in the federal regulatory process.” With greater and greater increase in intrusive federal regulations, REINS will limit what the executive branch can enact into law by laying out a system in which government agencies must submit a report to Congress before publishing a regulation.

The REINS Act divides executive regulations into two categories, “major rules,” and “nonmajor rules.” A “major rule” is defined as a regulation with:

• An “annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more;”
• A “major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, or local government agencies, or geographical regions; or”
• That has “significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of United States based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets.”

If the regulation fits under a “major rule” definition then both houses of Congress must vote on it under a joint resolution before the federal government can implement it. If it is not a “major rule,” the government agency can enact its regulation after they submit a report to Congress.

In recent years, HSLDA has seen federal agencies sidestep Congress to create new laws. We feel this is a dangerous precedent, with no checks and balances in place on the creation of onerous regulations, and no limit to ever-increasing federal involvement in the individual lives of our citizens. The REINS Act will help to ensure that the executive branch is limited in its regulation-making capacity, returning this branch of government to its original intent of implementing laws passed by Congress.

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