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house Bill H.R. 4309

One In, Two Out: Repealing Two Federal Regulations For Each New One

Argument in favor

The federal bureaucracy is impeding economic growth and wasting taxpayer dollars through overregulation. Agencies should repeal two regulations for each new one and ensure that new rules aren’t increasing the regulatory burden.

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01/07/2018
Setting aside all the snarky comments about this approach being childish; let’s look at the results. This is part of an overall fiscal policy to improve and grow the economy. So in fact, as Anthony points out, we’ve actually experienced 22 bad regs out for every new one considered. Right now, the economy is growing at 3%, a growth rate the Obama admin said was impossible—they actually tried to lower our expectations for ever again achieving this. Now that it’s achieved, they’re trying to take credit for it. Add to that the markets that have added trillions of dollars since the election, consumer confidence at record levels, the new tax plan that has given businesses—especially small business—a renewed confidence, and lastly unemployment rates: While overall unemployment in November remained at a nearly 17-year low, the rate is also at historic lows among several groups, including Hispanics—where it is the lowest in at least 44 years—and African-Americans—where it is at its lowest levels since 2000 (www.daily signal.com). I’ll take this business man’s approach any day, over a bunch of academics who never created a thing or made a payroll. They ran the economy on a monetary policy only, finagling it with interest rates and printing money. We are now seeing the difference with a fiscal policy approach in place. You’re welcome!
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01/07/2018
Red tape in America has risen precipitously over the past 30 years. Based on cost analyses prepared by regulators, the Obama Administration alone added over $120 billion in additional regulatory burdens imposed on Americans each year. In contrast, President George W. Bush added $68 billion during his tenure. A major goal of the Trump Administration is to reverse this trend: not just to slow the increase, but to decrease the total burden of regulation on Americans.
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Shari's Opinion
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01/07/2018
One good way to get rid of outdated, ridiculous, frivolous laws that are harming American businesses & families.
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Argument opposed

This approach to deregulation assumes that there many needless, duplicative regulations that can be eliminated without weakening protections for consumers and the environment — that’s not the case.

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01/07/2018
How about a dedicated team that identifies and removes outdated regulations instead?
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Brian's Opinion
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01/07/2018
This is plain dumb. The government’s entire purpose is to regulate. To blindly eliminate regulations that protect us, our food, our water, our jobs etc. is foolish. And yes, some regulations are outdated and need to be eliminated. Others are extremely unpopular but necessary.
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01/07/2018
This is irresponsible and simply panders to a base. Deregulation was directly responsible for the financial crisis in 2008! It’s fine to individually remove outdated regulations, but stripping them away for the sake of doing it is reckless.
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What is House Bill H.R. 4309?

This bill — known as the Regulatory Relief Act — would require that for each new regulation or rule proposed by a federal agency, the agency identify at least two prior regulations to eliminate. Each fiscal year agency heads would have to ensure that the total incremental cost of all new rules and regulations is no greater than zero by offsetting new costs with savings from the repeal of existing regulations, unless otherwise required by law.

Starting with the Regulatory Plans for fiscal year 2018 and for each fiscal year thereafter, agency heads would be required to identify each rule that increases incremental cost, offsetting rules, and provide an approximation of the total costs or savings associated with each new or repealed rule. Each approved rule would be included in the Unified Regulatory Agenda (as part of the president’s budget proposal), and rules couldn’t be issued unless they were published in the agenda or approved in advance by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

During the presidential budgeting process, OMB would provide agencies with a total amount of incremental costs that will be allowed for each new agency in issuing new and repealing rules for the next fiscal years. No rules exceeding the agency’s total incremental cost allowance would be permitted unless required by law or approved in writing by the OMB Director. The total incremental cost allowance may allow an increase or require a reduction in total regulatory cost.

Impact

Federal agencies proposing new regulations; OMB; and the U.S. economy.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4309

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) introduced this bill to codify and expand upon an executive order issued by President Donald Trump to require federal agencies to repeal two regulations for each new regulation approved:

“The American economy and taxpayers are being crushed by endless and often unnecessary federal regulations. Hoosiers expect us to get the size of the federal government under control. Making this executive order permanent will reduce the size of federal bureaucracy, get the government out of the way and help kickstart the economy.”

Of Note: A 2016 study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (a libertarian think tank) estimated the cost of federal regulations to the U.S. economy at $1.885 trillion.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Regulatory Relief Act of 2017

Official Title

To codify Executive Order 13771, and for other purposes.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedNovember 8th, 2017
    Setting aside all the snarky comments about this approach being childish; let’s look at the results. This is part of an overall fiscal policy to improve and grow the economy. So in fact, as Anthony points out, we’ve actually experienced 22 bad regs out for every new one considered. Right now, the economy is growing at 3%, a growth rate the Obama admin said was impossible—they actually tried to lower our expectations for ever again achieving this. Now that it’s achieved, they’re trying to take credit for it. Add to that the markets that have added trillions of dollars since the election, consumer confidence at record levels, the new tax plan that has given businesses—especially small business—a renewed confidence, and lastly unemployment rates: While overall unemployment in November remained at a nearly 17-year low, the rate is also at historic lows among several groups, including Hispanics—where it is the lowest in at least 44 years—and African-Americans—where it is at its lowest levels since 2000 (www.daily signal.com). I’ll take this business man’s approach any day, over a bunch of academics who never created a thing or made a payroll. They ran the economy on a monetary policy only, finagling it with interest rates and printing money. We are now seeing the difference with a fiscal policy approach in place. You’re welcome!
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    How about a dedicated team that identifies and removes outdated regulations instead?
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    This is plain dumb. The government’s entire purpose is to regulate. To blindly eliminate regulations that protect us, our food, our water, our jobs etc. is foolish. And yes, some regulations are outdated and need to be eliminated. Others are extremely unpopular but necessary.
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    This is irresponsible and simply panders to a base. Deregulation was directly responsible for the financial crisis in 2008! It’s fine to individually remove outdated regulations, but stripping them away for the sake of doing it is reckless.
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    This has to be one of the dumbest pieces of legislation ever proposed. Which regulations do these self-serving politicians want to eliminate? The ones that protect our air or the ones that protect our food? This is insanity.
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    Every regulation should be added or repealed on its individual merits. Sure, their are regulations that may need to be dropped, but we don't need to add another in order to drop two. Likewise, we do not want to be forced to drop one or two good regulations in order to add one that MIGHT be better. Simply do your jobs and evaluate each regulation based on its own merits and negatives and argue for or against each regulation and come up with a consensus of opinion about which regulations are helping or hurting the most Americans and act accordingly. You know, the way our representative government is supposed to work. We The People, not just the top 1% based on income.
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    This is not Governance or legislation. So with every wasted day that Congress already spends, they would now spend weeks and months more wasting time debating what two pieces of existing policy will be terminated with their proposed unethical, immoral piece of legislation. How about for every new Supreme Court Justice in, two of the eldest must leave...... For every new Congress member, two of the longest running members must leave. I am concerned with the mental stability of some who propose legislation, such as this. This sounds like childhood games we played when we were eight years old. Fun for children, but mentally, emotionally, physically harmful to every citizen of applied to our society as a Governance policy.
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    Remember, this is really about repealing PROTECTIONS. Do you like tainted meat? Polluted drinking water? Sulfur smog? Acid rain powerful enough to strip the paint off your car? Mandatory 70-hour work weeks? These are all PROTECTIONS put in place by WE THE PEOPLE via our government. Do they cost businesses money? Of course! It’s always cheaper to let people die from black lung or asbestosis or lead poisoning—and that’s exactly what we’re going back to with this (bowel) movement.
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    More Conservative Kindergarten Politics...what’s next, mandatory Nap Time on The Hill? Maybe Congress should focus on the Quality of regulations being made, not the Quantity...you know, like real adults do?
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    Red tape in America has risen precipitously over the past 30 years. Based on cost analyses prepared by regulators, the Obama Administration alone added over $120 billion in additional regulatory burdens imposed on Americans each year. In contrast, President George W. Bush added $68 billion during his tenure. A major goal of the Trump Administration is to reverse this trend: not just to slow the increase, but to decrease the total burden of regulation on Americans.
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    This may be the most childish ridiculous proposal I have encountered in 76 years of living. Perhaps everyone in Washington DC needs critical thinking skills training now.
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    Only remove regulations if they are outdated or unnecessary. Removing regulations just for the sake of removing regulations is a terrible idea.
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    This is the stupidest law I’ve ever heard of. The issue is the quality of a law, not how many we have.
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    Regulations save lives and protect workers and customers from corporations that do not care about anything but maximizing short-term profits for shareholders & CEOs.
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    One good way to get rid of outdated, ridiculous, frivolous laws that are harming American businesses & families.
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    This would probably be acceptable if they didn't constantly repeal regulations that protect consumers and the friggen environment, you know that system that kept us alive for so long...all at the expense of all those poor billionaires that just want to buy a third vacation mansion near that one place that serves a 15 thousand dollar taco with gold and caviar. Oh please by all means keep repealing regulations that stop Dow from spraying chemical pesticides that cause brain damage to children, Paul Ryan wants to give the Koch brothers more money to leave their heirs to make more ugly ass shirts with!
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    Mathematically speaking, forcing congress to throw out 2 regs for every 1 enacted would eventually result in a situation where they would be forced to throw out desirable and effective regulations.
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    Protections for the American people should not be treated like a reverse playground deal: one for me, two FROM you. This is bad politics and bad governing. Protections were put in place to protect. Removing them places us at risk as a trade off for businesses and individuals to make more money.
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    This is ludicrous. Regs should be reviewed for efficacy and necessity, then kept or revoked, regardless of how many or how few flunk the review.
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    Many of the regulations currently enacted are in place to protect the citizens of the United States. This bill will greatly hurt the quality of life of many Americans.
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