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house Bill H.R. 1009

Should Congress Have Greater Oversight of the Regulatory Review Process Through OIRA?

Argument in favor

Congress needs to ensure that federal agencies submit all major regulations to OIRA for approval without letting the agency determine which are “significant.”

MJDalio's Opinion
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03/02/2017
For everyone that wants government in their face from birth till death telling everything you can't do then you should consider relocating to another country where that level of control is currently in place. As for the USA which is a Constitutional Republic and is supposed to be of the people by the people and for the people we are in the middle of a non violent revolution to get back our country from unelected bureaucrats and the elected representatives that have been enabling them. Our Constitution delineates all that the federal government is to do with everything else the responsibility of the states. We as the people allowed the federal government to usurp that which belongs to the states and neglect that which belongs to itself. No more! The good people of the country have had enough and want as much of their freedom back as can be reasonably attained!
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Tafinzer's Opinion
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03/04/2017
This is the responsibility of Congress under our constitution.
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03/01/2017
Regulation is non-congressional legislation. I support bringing the power to write law back under the control of the legislative branch, as is constitutionally appropriate.
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Argument opposed

OIRA already reviews major regulations that agencies send its way, and agencies can be relied upon to determine for themselves what “significant” rules are.

Leeanne's Opinion
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02/27/2017
For some reason, every bill in Congress right now seems to want limit the efficiency of agencies while giving Congress more power over them. It's a destabilization of our federal government that will hurt everyone.
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Richard's Opinion
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02/27/2017
Congress doesn't need to micromanage. Stop taking away the rights of autonomous agencies, stop politicizing autonomous agencies. Just because you conservatives do not like to be regulated doesn't mean you shouldn't be. Too much power leads to corruption.
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YellowDogDem's Opinion
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03/02/2017
Congress passes laws to create the regulations. They have the opportunity to give detailed regulatory guidance at that time. But they have neither the expertise to write the regulations, nor the patience to write the appropriate guidance. So now they want to review all the rules to see if they like what they ordered. But they still lack neither the expertise to judge to rule's fit to the problem, nor the patience to review all the reports that document the rule making process. The agencies exist in order to acquire the expertise to convert the law into regulations. Do the job right the first time. kill the silly "do-over" law. Save the taxpayers the expense of redoing your shoddy work.
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    For everyone that wants government in their face from birth till death telling everything you can't do then you should consider relocating to another country where that level of control is currently in place. As for the USA which is a Constitutional Republic and is supposed to be of the people by the people and for the people we are in the middle of a non violent revolution to get back our country from unelected bureaucrats and the elected representatives that have been enabling them. Our Constitution delineates all that the federal government is to do with everything else the responsibility of the states. We as the people allowed the federal government to usurp that which belongs to the states and neglect that which belongs to itself. No more! The good people of the country have had enough and want as much of their freedom back as can be reasonably attained!
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    For some reason, every bill in Congress right now seems to want limit the efficiency of agencies while giving Congress more power over them. It's a destabilization of our federal government that will hurt everyone.
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    Congress doesn't need to micromanage. Stop taking away the rights of autonomous agencies, stop politicizing autonomous agencies. Just because you conservatives do not like to be regulated doesn't mean you shouldn't be. Too much power leads to corruption.
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    Congress passes laws to create the regulations. They have the opportunity to give detailed regulatory guidance at that time. But they have neither the expertise to write the regulations, nor the patience to write the appropriate guidance. So now they want to review all the rules to see if they like what they ordered. But they still lack neither the expertise to judge to rule's fit to the problem, nor the patience to review all the reports that document the rule making process. The agencies exist in order to acquire the expertise to convert the law into regulations. Do the job right the first time. kill the silly "do-over" law. Save the taxpayers the expense of redoing your shoddy work.
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    Considering the fact that Congress seems to take an incredibly long time to do anything, this seems designed to slow the agencies responsiveness down to a crawl.
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    It seems designed to bog down the system so much they can say government doesn't work.
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    This is the responsibility of Congress under our constitution.
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    Regulation is non-congressional legislation. I support bringing the power to write law back under the control of the legislative branch, as is constitutionally appropriate.
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    No, please do the job you are supposed to be doing. Like investigating Trump, and getting his taxes.
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    Congress is supposed to make the laws; they've abdicated this power, unconstitutionally, to bureaucrats. About time they did their job and wrote the rules, not let bureaucrats interpret them.
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    This is actually a return to the Constitution. The legislative branch is supposed to create laws, not unchecked and unbalanced bureaucracies of the executive branch. I'm glad this passed and sad so many don't understand the checks and balances or Constitution of our country.
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    Please vote no on this measure. This is another heavy handed attempt by republicans to carry out what Steve Bannon openly wants to happen to the government. Do not allow them to block and cripple regulation they disagree with, and do not support a the system they're forming of regulation only where they see fit.
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    This is a power grab to extend Congressional reach into the other branches of government and, in combination with other bills this session, will eviscerate our democracy.
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    As much as agencies make the government process slow as hell now, I think that OIRA should take a look at everything now. With the government running the way that it has since Trump came into office, I wouldn't trust any law or regulation to come through the government today. There is no telling what could be in the fine print of a regulation now. I know that it will slow down the decision making even more than what it is now, but the people would trust the government more.
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    Once congress passes a law, they should step back and let the agencies to write the regulations. If they don't like them, rewrite the law.
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    Congress is supposed to make the laws, and most federal agencies are an infringement of STATES' RIGHTS, anyway! Smell that air? SMELLS LIKE FREEDOM!! I can feel it coming in the air tonight, and it's so REFRESHING! A person could get high on that! As Countable member MJDalio put it so eloquently: "For everyone that wants government in their face from birth till death telling everything you can't do then you should consider relocating to another country where that level of control is currently in place. As for the USA which is a Constitutional Republic and is supposed to be of the people by the people and for the people we are in the middle of a non violent revolution to get back our country from unelected bureaucrats and the elected representatives that have been enabling them. Our Constitution delineates all that the federal government is to do with everything else the responsibility of the states. We as the people allowed the federal government to usurp that which belongs to the states and neglect that which belongs to itself. No more! The good people of the country have had enough and want as much of their freedom back as can be reasonably attained!" Another great American said this: "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams, in a speech at the Philadelphia State House (1 August 1776)
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    While I am for transparency the reality is that Congress is very political and very light on science skills. I don't think that it is beneficial to give Congress more money and power to make political decisions on regulations that are based on real world conditions. Voting against this bill does not strip Congress of the ability to review regulations it just prevents the unnecessary review of non-controversial regulations.
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    Art I Sec I: All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. Why is this? Because those that make law answer directly to the people. If federal agencies are going to enact laws, which is out of their jurisdiction, they should be looked at by the congress to be a check against Executive Branch overreach.
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    I actually like this. It puts Federal agencies on the spot to justify the regulations they are trying to impose. Too many times, Federal agencies exceed the authority of their office and void down the courts to determine the constitutionality of the action or later explain it to a congressional committee. If you don't think a regulation can stand up to a congressional committee, it's probably not strong enough to stand up in court.
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    How does expanding congressional oversight result in "smaller government"?
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