Gwinnett Daily Post– U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) called legislation that will require congressional approval of new federal regulations a “commonsense step towards accountability” shortly after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday.
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act is the latest effort among members of Congress to take aim at what many have deemed overreaching regulators at federal agencies. Regulations such as the Waters of the United States rule and agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have faced repeated criticism and scrutiny in recent months.
The bill passed this week is also known as the REINS Act, although its official designation is H.R. 427. Woodall joined 242 other representatives in voting for passage of the bill.
“A responsible regulatory environment has its benefit, but with unelected bureaucrats imposing more than 3,500 new regulations on American businesses in 2014 and over 2,300 in 2015 so far, it is the American worker and our economy that pays the price – an estimated $1.9 trillion just last year, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute,” Woodall said in a statement.
“The burden of excessive regulation is carried by the American people, and they should certainly have a say in the process,” the congressman added. “By requiring the support of the people’s elected representatives in Congress, this legislation ensures that their voice is heard – and that irresponsible regulations don’t wreak havoc on our job-creators back home.”
Among Gwinnett County’s other representatives in Congress, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) also voted for passage of the bill while Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) voted against it. The bill still requires Senate approval and President Barack Obama’s signature before it can become law.