Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act
Bill Number: HR-26
Passed House, Failed in Senate
The bill will not become law.
An act to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into law.
Other names for this bill
This bill is typically referred to as the REINS (acronym for Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny) Act.
This bill effectively could stop all recent regulations that protect Americans
This bill would require that any major rule issued by a federal agency be approved by Congress. If not explicitly approved, the rule would be nullified.
It would change the Congressional Review Act. That law allows Congress to nullify new rules, but unless Congress explicitly nullifies the rule then it automatically takes effect.
Additions would eliminate even more protections
There were two amendments to the bill that were approved to become part of the bill...
Proposed changes to protect Americans were rejected
The following amendments were proposed, but were rejected...
This is Republicans' fourth try at this
This is not the first time Republicans in Congress have tried to pass this law...
This bill expired when the 115th Congress ended in Jan. 2019.