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house Bill H.R. 1155

Bureaucracy Check: Should Federal Regulations be Reviewed and Cut if They are Excessive?

Argument in favor

Federal agencies need to assess the effectiveness of their regulations periodically. Having a commission find and cut regulations that are obsolete or unnecessarily burdensome would help ensure that current and future regulations should remain in effect.

operaman's Opinion
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01/06/2016
Not only Burdensome laws and Regulations but Taxes too. Business owners pay employees for work performed. And this pay comes from profits earned during the business cycle. But taxes, like payroll tax, cramps a business and stunts growth. More capital from growth can promote expansion reflected by more jobs and product expansion. Laws, taxes and regulation are like ticks on society.
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markjmccants's Opinion
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01/07/2016
It would be foolish and financially irresponsible of the government to not spend our tax dollars effectively. Cutting ineffective programs is a great start to being fiscally responsible.
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William's Opinion
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01/07/2016
Ridding of unnecessary regulations is a perfect way to cut down our debt while allowing the economy to grow. The regulations to be eliminated must pass through congress first, and it prioritizes regulations that are no longer needed, do more bad than good through unnecessary paperwork or bureaucratic procedures, or unfairly targets small businesses. This way, important regulations remain in place.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t allow a commission to be looking over the shoulder of federal agencies during the regulatory process and making decisions about eliminating certain rules. Regulators can be trusted to adjust outdated rules as necessary.

Steven's Opinion
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01/08/2016
There's nothing excessive about protecting the environment. I like breathing, drinking water and eating food that doesn't poison me. I've gotten used to it, and I'd like it yo continue. Even if it cost shareholders their profits.
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Jared's Opinion
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01/07/2016
In spirit, I agree with this concept- I believe that all laws should be reviewed and updated or done away with after a decade or so with a caveat that no riders or attachments can be made to any law or bill, and that all bills must have a "Spirit of the Law" declaration at the beginning to clarify intent and scope in the event of conflict. That said, I do not trust our legislators to make any decisions that are congruent with the desires, needs, or will of We, the People. This bill is a work-around for the constant attempts to take the teeth out of the EPA, FDA, Dept of Labor and other regulatory agencies so that those campaign donors to whom these politicians are beholden can do as they please without all those pesky rules that protect us from harm over profit. This is not intended to help the citizens of the United States, it is intended to help the pocket books of the WEALTHY citizens of the United States.
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Alis's Opinion
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01/07/2016
Congress is more worried about this than ordinary citizens--except rich citizens that can only make a gazillion $$$ instead of 2 gazillion $$$. If you actually accomplished something useful ever, this might become an issue. But you sit on your overpaid asses & take more vacation time than you work so why worry about a regulations when you don't actually do anything except pass "national square dance day" or "let's stop non-existent threats" legislation.
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    Not only Burdensome laws and Regulations but Taxes too. Business owners pay employees for work performed. And this pay comes from profits earned during the business cycle. But taxes, like payroll tax, cramps a business and stunts growth. More capital from growth can promote expansion reflected by more jobs and product expansion. Laws, taxes and regulation are like ticks on society.
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    There's nothing excessive about protecting the environment. I like breathing, drinking water and eating food that doesn't poison me. I've gotten used to it, and I'd like it yo continue. Even if it cost shareholders their profits.
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    It would be foolish and financially irresponsible of the government to not spend our tax dollars effectively. Cutting ineffective programs is a great start to being fiscally responsible.
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    Ridding of unnecessary regulations is a perfect way to cut down our debt while allowing the economy to grow. The regulations to be eliminated must pass through congress first, and it prioritizes regulations that are no longer needed, do more bad than good through unnecessary paperwork or bureaucratic procedures, or unfairly targets small businesses. This way, important regulations remain in place.
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    Hooray! Long past time someone in Congress started making an effort to exercise some oversight of bureaucratic regulations and take some of them off the backs of the people! BUST THOSE CHAINS AND FREE US!
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    Congress is more worried about this than ordinary citizens--except rich citizens that can only make a gazillion $$$ instead of 2 gazillion $$$. If you actually accomplished something useful ever, this might become an issue. But you sit on your overpaid asses & take more vacation time than you work so why worry about a regulations when you don't actually do anything except pass "national square dance day" or "let's stop non-existent threats" legislation.
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    In spirit, I agree with this concept- I believe that all laws should be reviewed and updated or done away with after a decade or so with a caveat that no riders or attachments can be made to any law or bill, and that all bills must have a "Spirit of the Law" declaration at the beginning to clarify intent and scope in the event of conflict. That said, I do not trust our legislators to make any decisions that are congruent with the desires, needs, or will of We, the People. This bill is a work-around for the constant attempts to take the teeth out of the EPA, FDA, Dept of Labor and other regulatory agencies so that those campaign donors to whom these politicians are beholden can do as they please without all those pesky rules that protect us from harm over profit. This is not intended to help the citizens of the United States, it is intended to help the pocket books of the WEALTHY citizens of the United States.
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    A commission shouldn't be able to decide the limit of an agency, and change certain parts of the agency. If a Congress member finds something wrong with an agency, they can simply create a bill expressing the elimination of such agency.
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    It's a great idea but we need to refine what will be cut with greater depth. The commission has to be unbiased, must consult the GAO, The IG community, etc. to be effective for all stakeholders. Do that and I think that we can have fiscal responsibility in the fights against ISIS, climate change, disease, rising student debt costs, etc.
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    We don't need more commissions or bigger government.
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    Of course we should cut regulations! We only have about a billion more than we should have! Duh!
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    Sounds to me like a way for special interests to get rid of regulations they don't want.
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    Such a commission would overstep the bounds of congressional authority and interfere with agency activities. This would be acceptable if the commission was limited to making recommendations, not rewriting the federal register. The fact that the cosponsors are all Republican signals that this has much more to do with partisan agenda than achieving regulatory efficiency.
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    Another shameless GOP attempt to easily rid themselves of regulations their Corporate owners don't like and that they don't have the votes to remove that way.
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    Agencies are capable of pruning non-working regulations; they have the subject matter expertise.
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    More bureaucracy to reduce bureaucracy. How could this fail?
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    Does this even need to be asked? Of course regulations should be reviewed and cut when excessive.
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    Slash and burn as much as possible.
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    Should have been done decades ago
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    There is too much bureaucracy as it is
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