Hultgren Bill to “Sunset” Outdated and Obsolete Regulations Passes House as Part of SCRUB Act
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 1155, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2015, of which he is an original cosponsor. The legislation incorporates key elements of his own bill, H.R. 2010, the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act, which calls for establishing a process by which federal agencies can “sunset” obsolete, duplicative and conflicting regulations that weigh on American businesses and families.
“This past year, the President’s administration has issued an unprecedented number of mandates on Americans. Ever-expanding federal regulations now impose $15,000 in additional costs per U.S. household. All the while, families in the 14th District are struggling to overcome stagnant incomes, rising prices and fewer jobs,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Americans need relief, and I urge the Senate and President to pass this important legislation to turn back the tide on federal overreach.”
Rep. Hultgren delivered a statement on the House floor in support of the legislation.
“Republicans and Democrats alike support eliminating the costs of unnecessary and obsolete regulations to help economic recovery. The SCRUB Act…comes at a time when the president continues to limit Americans’ economic freedom by issuing new decrees from Washington,” said Rep. Hultgren on the House floor. “The weight of federal regulations is a millstone around the necks of entrepreneurs and small businesses struggling to survive amid economic uncertainty. The SCRUB Act provides a means to cut unnecessary regulations and help the economy recover.
“It incorporates elements of my own bill, the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act [which] requires the review of existing regulations to identify those in need of repeal. It requires recommendations on regulatory repeal to be presented to Congress for approval. If Congress gives the OK, repeal must happen.”
Federal regulations cost American manufacturers, small businesses, workers and families alike:
- Federal regulations impose an estimated burden of $1.86 trillion on our economy. The per household cost ($15,000) exceeds every item in the home budget except housing – more than health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel, services and savings.
- Complying with federal regulations costs small businesses nearly $12,000 per employee annually, and $19,500 each for manufacturers.
- The administration issued a staggering 82,036 pages of proposed rules in in 2015, eclipsing its own 2010 record.
To address the regulatory burden, Rep. Hultgren’s Regulatory Review and Sunset Act (included in the SCRUB Act):
- Establishes a bipartisan commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be “sunsetted” to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.
- Prioritizes for review regulations that are major rules (those with an economic impact of $100 million or more), as well as those that have been in effect more than 15 years and impose disproportionately high costs on small businesses.
- Requires identification of regulations in need of repeal. These must then be presented to Congress for approval.
- Requires agencies to recommend to Congress statutory changes should a statute bind agencies to enforce rules they otherwise would sunset or repeal.