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house Bill H.R. 5

Should Government Agencies Streamline Their Rule-Making Process And Justify Spending?

Argument in favor

The government spends a lot of money on regulatory agencies. This bill would ensure that these agencies are running efficiently, while offering civilians the chance to get involved and provide input to the rule-making process.

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01/09/2017
I would love to see more scrutiny applied to these unconstitutional agencies. I would love to see them have to justify their actions, their expansions, and their very existence. Because they will fail. These are unelected, unchecked bureaucrats. This is no benevolent power, and these are not the angels of society that make it to these positions. It's high time they go under a high power microscope and face their long-overdue scrutiny.
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Roy's Opinion
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01/11/2017
How is this even controversial? Our federal government is over $19 trillion in debt. Congress MUST make federal agencies more accountable.
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wickeym's Opinion
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01/11/2017
Anything that streamlines/cuts down the federal government and costs I can get behind.
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This is a thinly-veiled attempt at large scale deregulation. It will hamstring everything from scientific research to consumer protection — and burden federal agencies with bureaucratic homework.

Jason's Opinion
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01/08/2017
Government is not business, and has neither an expectation nor requirement to operate in a financially "efficient" manner. The mandate of government is to provide protections and services regardless of cost. Furthermore, all expenditures by the Federal government are accrued as a net gain by the private sector as public funds are spent to pay wages, or to purchase goods and services. Fiscal efficiency in government acts as a brake on economic growth, and should thus be avoided.
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Dean's Opinion
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01/09/2017
The Union of Concerned Scientists argues persuasively that this bill is designed to allow Congress to hamstring environmental and health protections. http://blog.ucsusa.org/celia-wexler/beware-of-this-zombie-bill-777?
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Gail's Opinion
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01/10/2017
Although the language of Congress's justification in this proposal is intentionally designed to make any opposition seem unreasonable (I can already hear it: "how could you vote against... SHOULDN'T the public be entitled to understand how their tax $ is spent???) the reality is that this bill is wholly unhelpful. Here's why: 1. This is largely duplicative (most significant regulations are already subject to notice and comment procedures for public input; regulations already present a reg. evaluation that looks at everything from costs to benefits; and technical issues the public isn't skilled enough technically in most cases to understand so agencies explain them in the reg. eval); 2. This is just another attempt to deny the agency expertise that has been developed by executive branch agencies over time regardless of who was in power; 3. There is no question that underperforming regulatory processes or regulatory processes that aren't working out as intended ought to be addressed to correct problems before creating new regulations from wholecloth--but this is what ordinarily happens anyway since fed. employees have no incentive to make their own work harder; and 4. this is just one more attempt to devalue the federal scale regulations, which is against the interests of businesses nationwide since there is nothing worse for a business than the unpredictability of rules varying from state to state. This bill is couched in terminology that suggests everyone should be "on board," but the reality is it is a veiled power grab from Federal agencies and does not add to the process; it only delegitimizes the role of federal oversight, which is often key to consistency of rules nationwide to prevent conflicting compliance regimes from state to state.
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    I would love to see more scrutiny applied to these unconstitutional agencies. I would love to see them have to justify their actions, their expansions, and their very existence. Because they will fail. These are unelected, unchecked bureaucrats. This is no benevolent power, and these are not the angels of society that make it to these positions. It's high time they go under a high power microscope and face their long-overdue scrutiny.
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    Government is not business, and has neither an expectation nor requirement to operate in a financially "efficient" manner. The mandate of government is to provide protections and services regardless of cost. Furthermore, all expenditures by the Federal government are accrued as a net gain by the private sector as public funds are spent to pay wages, or to purchase goods and services. Fiscal efficiency in government acts as a brake on economic growth, and should thus be avoided.
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    The Union of Concerned Scientists argues persuasively that this bill is designed to allow Congress to hamstring environmental and health protections. http://blog.ucsusa.org/celia-wexler/beware-of-this-zombie-bill-777?
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    Although the language of Congress's justification in this proposal is intentionally designed to make any opposition seem unreasonable (I can already hear it: "how could you vote against... SHOULDN'T the public be entitled to understand how their tax $ is spent???) the reality is that this bill is wholly unhelpful. Here's why: 1. This is largely duplicative (most significant regulations are already subject to notice and comment procedures for public input; regulations already present a reg. evaluation that looks at everything from costs to benefits; and technical issues the public isn't skilled enough technically in most cases to understand so agencies explain them in the reg. eval); 2. This is just another attempt to deny the agency expertise that has been developed by executive branch agencies over time regardless of who was in power; 3. There is no question that underperforming regulatory processes or regulatory processes that aren't working out as intended ought to be addressed to correct problems before creating new regulations from wholecloth--but this is what ordinarily happens anyway since fed. employees have no incentive to make their own work harder; and 4. this is just one more attempt to devalue the federal scale regulations, which is against the interests of businesses nationwide since there is nothing worse for a business than the unpredictability of rules varying from state to state. This bill is couched in terminology that suggests everyone should be "on board," but the reality is it is a veiled power grab from Federal agencies and does not add to the process; it only delegitimizes the role of federal oversight, which is often key to consistency of rules nationwide to prevent conflicting compliance regimes from state to state.
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    This is a thinly veiled effort at controlling executive branch departments through congressional intimidation. Please vote no.
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    This is opening up the gate on the hen house so the foxes can take a look to make sure it's going ok?!? Government has a mandate to regulate and enforce the laws of the land. There are watchdogs already who police their processes and spending. This is a time waster
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    How is this even controversial? Our federal government is over $19 trillion in debt. Congress MUST make federal agencies more accountable.
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    Anything that gives congress a broad brush to deregulate anything at the moment seems like a bad idea to me, given the fact that they seem not to be concerned with ethics violations.
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    Anything that streamlines/cuts down the federal government and costs I can get behind.
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    This is a thinly-veiled attempt at large scale deregulation. It will hamstring everything from scientific research to consumer protection — and burden federal agencies with bureaucratic homework.
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    Government already moves very slowly. This would make thing worse. On top of that Congress approves the budget, so it seems like this secondary reporting would be redundant.
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    Government agencies need to run effectively and hold politicians accountable to ensure democracy and decent living to citizens in this country
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    Publicizing the fiscal decisions of agencies should aide in reigning in their spending, which is desperately needed towards our federal budget. Better decisions on budgeting can be made with a wider understanding of how money is being spent.
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    Why would you not want to know how your money is spent?
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    this bill would make it nearly impossible for the federal government to protect public health, workers’ rights, and consumers. Agencies would have to pick the cheapest rules — not the safest, or the best. Vote no!
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    Regulations have been generally enacted to protect the public when business and corporations are more concerned about profits and money than for the good of the people.
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    I'd rather a completely unveiled path to large-scale deregulation. But if it takes a thinly veiled one, and it takes the teeth out of the dictatorial executive branch agencies and makes them accountable to the people's representatives in Congress, more power to it.
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    Yes, let's streamline rules and eliminate redundancy. But wouldn't it be more efficient and cost effective to just eliminate Departments or Agencies?
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    Spending justification is what the budget negotiation process is all about. Additional legislation would complicate the process & make it more difficult. Besides, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) already does this v e r y well. Furthermore, any legislation circumventing the GAO would be a thinly veiled attempt to normalize pork barrel buffets. If you truly want to streamline the process, how about passing budgets for multiple years at a time!
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    This bill appears to be attempting to impose greater restraints on our agency regulatory development process, and is written as if none of these provisions existed. I work in a heavily regulated field on behalf of business, and there is already heavy mandate to assess the cost for government implementation (administrative burden) as well as the financial burden on the regulated entities. Direct and indirect socioeconomic impact assessment is standard. I will say that the government estimates are often too low, but I suspect a close read of this piece of legislation is that it has provisions to make it onerous if not impossible to promulgate and adopt major regulations. The financial estimates by the government are published prior to the public comment period and the public and businesses alike are free to and often do scrutinize the underlying assumptions of the government cost estimates. This is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and I would ask my Rep. and others to vote against this. If there are merits to improving the process, then they should be clearly,proposed as specific chapter and section revisions to the existing laws, with an associated justification for each.
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