WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta voted this week to end cooperation between like-minded bureaucrats and outside interest groups, who shut the public and their representatives out of the federal rule-making process. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 244-173.
Washington interest groups can negotiate behind closed doors with government agents to speed regulations without public input or funding authority.Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees prevents “regulation by litigation,” as Rep Guinta calls the practice, opening it up to interested parties in industry and labor, as well as consumer groups.“Those who benefit from ‘consent decrees’ are mostly regulators and special-interest lawyers in Washington,” said Rep. Guinta,“with a direct financial interest in more spending and regulation.”
“I’m demanding a role for Granite Staters, who have a right to sit at the decision-making table.”New Hampshire’s First District Congressman also voted for the SCRUB Act, known as theSearching for and Cutting Regulations that Are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act. The bill would create a commission to eliminate federal regulations that fail to meet standards of due process and cost-benefit analyses. The SCRUB Act passed the House by a vote 245-174 this week.
According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a pro-growth think tank, the current federal regulatory burden represents a $1.88 trillion cost to the U.S. economy – a $15,000 cost to every American each year. The Obama Administration has imposed more than twice the amount of regulatory costs as the previous one, according to the Heritage Foundation, which advocates limited government.
The Hill newspaper reports 2015 was a record year for pages of federal rules and regulations, second only to 2010.“We’re being buried under mountains of red tape,” said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, who has introduced legislation to cut out-of-control federal spending.
Rep. Guinta introduced the AUDIT Act to force Congress to adopt General Accounting Office recommendations to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse, potentially saving tens of billions of taxpayer dollars.“Washington doesn’t seem to live in the real world, where hardworking business people and employees, including families and entrepreneurs, must budget responsibility and plan for the future.”
“We’ve been waiting years for an economic recovery that has stalled, due to federal interference, a lack of understanding of how the economy really works. I joined my House colleagues to inject some sense into a short-sighted bureaucracy that needs it.”