House Passes REINS Act to Limit Regulations

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” (REINS) Act (H.R. 26), introduced earlier this week by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga). The measure would require Congress to approve all new major regulations enacted by federal agencies such as the Department of Labor, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Currently, agencies can unilaterally enact rules that have major economic consequences for manufacturers. The REINS Act would require all new major rules that have an economic impact of $100 million or more to be approved by both Congress and the president.

The REINS Act will now be sent to the Senate for committee consideration. President-elect Donald Trump has said that he intends to sign it should it reach his desk.

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is applauding passage of the bill.

“The proliferation of federal regulations over the last several years created undue burdens and unnecessary costs which hampered manufacturing innovation and expansion as we worked our way out of the recession,” said Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “The REINS Act will ensure accountability in the regulatory process by requiring a process that regulations with a substantial economic impact are subject to congressional approval. WDMA applauds the House for passing this important bill, and we urge the Senate to swiftly approve final passage.”

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