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house Bill H.R. 998

Does a Commission Need to Review High-Cost Regulations and Recommend Their Repeal?

Argument in favor

Federal agencies can’t always be relied upon to look at how effective their existing regulations are and an independent commission would provide sound recommendations about which regulations are no longer effective and are imposing an excessive cost on the economy relative to their benefit.

jameslj's Opinion
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02/28/2017
"Federal agencies already review their own regulations" made me laugh. If that's the only reason to vote nay, then count me as a yea. Might as well let the convicts run the prisons while you're at it. (Not to compare convicts to executive branch bureaucrats; I wouldn't want to insult convicts like that.) It's the reason the executive branch of the government has become so powerful and the Congress, the actual representatives of the people, has become so weak. That said, I only would support this commission if it has no connection to the executive branch and is accountable to Congress.
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operaman's Opinion
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02/28/2017
No new commission! Just elect honest Representatives and the rest will follow. Every time a issue presents itself, someone or some group calls for a commission or committee to investigate, establish a budget and just moves on. Issue solved because there is now a commission. Congress has too many committees with too much talk for the people's work to be done.
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BangBang's Opinion
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02/28/2017
It's a recommendation. Congress members will have an opportunity to provide feedback and potentially vote. This will offer more visibility into our lawmaker's perspectives. They will be in situations that require them to take a stand more often.
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Argument opposed

Enacting this bill would lead to the prioritization of economic considerations over the health and safety of the American public through the repeal of vital regulatons. Federal agencies already review their own regulations, so a $30 million commission isn’t needed to evaluate them.

Kayla's Opinion
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02/28/2017
I think regulations should be looked at with necessity and effectiveness in mind, not cost. This looks like the beginning of a slippery slope backwards to a time of polluted waterways and unsafe work places.
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Danielle's Opinion
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02/27/2017
This allows the creation is a secretive and unaccountable commission to have veto power over rules created by govt agencies. Why doesn't Congress do something positive and take on much needed campaign finance reform? Oh wait, that would mean actually doing something the majority of people want regardless of political affiliation.
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Charles's Opinion
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02/28/2017
This GOP bill is a free lunch for special interests and their representatives in Congress; a mechanism for mugging regulations in a dark alley, out of public view. It frees lawmakers from having to put their names on bills that alter public policy and rescind public-interest regulations (e.g., environmental or health and safety rules).
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    "Federal agencies already review their own regulations" made me laugh. If that's the only reason to vote nay, then count me as a yea. Might as well let the convicts run the prisons while you're at it. (Not to compare convicts to executive branch bureaucrats; I wouldn't want to insult convicts like that.) It's the reason the executive branch of the government has become so powerful and the Congress, the actual representatives of the people, has become so weak. That said, I only would support this commission if it has no connection to the executive branch and is accountable to Congress.
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    I think regulations should be looked at with necessity and effectiveness in mind, not cost. This looks like the beginning of a slippery slope backwards to a time of polluted waterways and unsafe work places.
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    This allows the creation is a secretive and unaccountable commission to have veto power over rules created by govt agencies. Why doesn't Congress do something positive and take on much needed campaign finance reform? Oh wait, that would mean actually doing something the majority of people want regardless of political affiliation.
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    This GOP bill is a free lunch for special interests and their representatives in Congress; a mechanism for mugging regulations in a dark alley, out of public view. It frees lawmakers from having to put their names on bills that alter public policy and rescind public-interest regulations (e.g., environmental or health and safety rules).
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    A bill with a catchy acronym and no official summary that gives Congress the power to erase enforcement rules they don't like. What could possibly go wrong?
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    The regulations weren't put in place depending upon their cost and therefore should not be removed dependent upon their costs. Only their value to the public should be considered.
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    I would welcome bipartisan discussion rather than executive order as the means of ridding ourselves of outdated regulations. My concern is with the priority of cost. Cost to businesses, presumably. I'd prefer to prioritize in terms of cost to environment. Keep regs that protect the environment and worker safety.
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    Creating a secretive committee to review and remove rules from any government agency is not right. If an agency wants to remove a rule it should go through the standard public comment process. If congress wants to remove a rule it should have to do so in the light, on the record, and with a law.
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    When researching the bill, be sure to look at the 115th Congress for the correct one. This is co-sponsored by Sessions and Chaffetz. Need I say more?
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    This is a poorly disguised attempt by Republicans to deregulate all agencies that check corporate power. Vote for the 99%, and vote no!
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    Laws and regulations are not meant to benefit private corporations. The fact that a regulation for a business is expensive should have no bearing on that regulation. Regulations are put in place to protect everyday hard working Americans from negligence and bad businesses. A good business should be able to innovate under constraints, but instead these days we remove those constraints and thus innovation.
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    I think we already have such a group. It's called Congress.
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    I don't think this bill is inherently a bad idea. However, given the research I have been doing regarding the regulations that are being misnomered "red tape" and the insanely partisan nature of much of the republican majority (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/on-the-media/id73330715?mt=2&i=1000381876030) I believe this committee would be an agent of partisan dismantling of regulations designed to protect consumers and the environment (in other words people, plants, animals, the planet and the future.)
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    This Orwellian sounding legislation is as bad as it gets. Creating a non-public committee that has no responsibility to the public, no transparency & that can strike down any rule or regulation is a recipe for disaster & would be the beginning of the end of our democracy.
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    No new commission! Just elect honest Representatives and the rest will follow. Every time a issue presents itself, someone or some group calls for a commission or committee to investigate, establish a budget and just moves on. Issue solved because there is now a commission. Congress has too many committees with too much talk for the people's work to be done.
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    It's a recommendation. Congress members will have an opportunity to provide feedback and potentially vote. This will offer more visibility into our lawmaker's perspectives. They will be in situations that require them to take a stand more often.
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    I don't believe regulations should be undone because of cost.
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    This bill would lead to special interests having a huge sway in the legislature and would give the executive branch power over the legislature which is not how America works.
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    During the Obama administration, Republicans always complained about the skyrocketing national debt. Their typical rant was something like "We can't leave our children and grandchildren this mountain of debt". Conversely, its apparently OK to leave them a dying planet.
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    There are parts of this bill that worry me. While trying to keep updated on out of date regulations is great, this bill makes no sense. The idea that you have to get rid of rules to implement a new one makes about as much sense as schools needing to have two women's sports for everyone one male sport. This is a definite NO.
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