Vote Explanation for H.R. 26 — Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017
I voted against H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, which bill modifies the federal rulemaking process by requiring Congress to approve executive agency regulatory proposals that are deemed to be “major rules” (those with an economic impact greater than $100 million). This includes regulations that ensure safe conditions for workers, protect children from toxic substances, and support efforts to curb the threat of climate change.
As written, the legislation would require Congress to approve any new “major rule” issued by the executive branch before it can go into effect, negating one of the essential roles of federal agencies. Additionally, H.R. 26would allow a single chamber to block major rules, an unprecedented step that undermines the separation of powers that exists between Congress and the Executive.
Under the 1996 Congressional Review Act, Congress already has the authority to review and disapprove rules — both major and non-major — that federal agencies have issued through a joint disapproval resolution. That is why H.R. 26 is duplicative, unnecessary, and dangerous to the health and safety of the American people.