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REINing In Regulatory Overreach

November 15, 2016
By Ryan Young

Congress is considering the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act requiring Congress to vote on new regulations imposing more than $100 million on the economy in a single year.

In an attempt to fight regulatory overreach and restore the balance of power and separation of powers designed in the Constitution between the executive and legislative branches of government, Congress is considering Congress is considering the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS) requiring Congress to vote on new regulations imposing more than $100 million on the economy in a single year. Too often members of Congress are willing to delegate their powers, to write laws to executive agencies, giving such agencies broad discretion to write rules. If the regulations are costly or impose large harms on the agency, Congress blames the agency. The REINS act would put the power and the responsibility back in the lap of Congress where the Constitution assigned it. It would also reduce the motivation for regulators to expand their authority beyond the the law specifies in order to increase their power and budgets, knowing Congress will hold them accountable.