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Related BillsALERT Act
2017 (HR-75)Regulatory Accountability Act
2017 (HR-5)REINS Act
2017 (HR-26)Midnight Rules Relief Act
2017 (HR-21)Financial CHOICE Act
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New laws would put protections under attack
Within its first few days of being in session, the 2017-2018 Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed or proposed bills that could end regulations on things such as air quality, food and workplace safety, and consumer protections.
One would require explicit Congressional approval for every major regulation issued by an agency such as...
It also would allow Congress to nullify any rule issued in the previous 10 years.
One would allow multiple rules to be nullified at once - rather than one at a time.
Another would require agencies to fully analyze the costs of several (including unlikely) alternatives and choose the one that would cost industries the least - even if it provides an inadequate solution.
And one would delay the implementation of any new rule by 6 months.
Then came the Financial CHOICE Act
In June 2017, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act. It not only would repeal regulations that were enacted to prevent a financial crisis similar to the one that occurred in 2008, but it also reintroduced versions of the bills mentioned above - that had stalled in the Senate due to a filibuster by Senate Democrats.
Why do we need regulations?
It's a legitimate interest of businesses to earn as much profit as they can. But sometimes, the practices they use can cause substantial harm to citizens or other companies.
A few examples include...
Regulations are one way the government protects Americans from harmful practices such as these, by setting rules companies must follow.
Some of what regulations do...
These are just a few of the regulations federal agencies issued during the Obama administration...
14 Obama administration regulations already were revoked
Even if these bills to allow allow regulations to be easily revoked do not become law, Congress has revoked several regulations that were finalized late in the Obama administration. The capability to revoke new regulations (without being subject to a Senate filibuster) exists under the 1996 Congressional Review Act.
Regulations revoked include...
An attempt to revoke one regulation, the Methane Reduction Rule, failed by a single Senate vote.
Others were proposed to be revoked, such as revoking protections for users of prepaid cards and a requirement that industrial facilities better protect against catastrophic explosions. However, the resolutions to revoke them did not pass the House, so they remain in effect.
For more, read the Spokesman-Review story.