Praise for a bill to ‘rein’ in red tape

The NLBMDA and other groups applaud the House passage of the REINS Act.

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) applauded the approval the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 26) by a vote of 237 to 187 in the House of Representatives.

The legislation increases accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process by requiring Congress to approve all major rules before taking effect, according to the association.

As part of the bill, a "major rule" means any rule, including an interim final rule, that the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget finds has resulted in or is likely to result in the following:

• An annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
• A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, or local government agencies, or geographic regions; or
• Significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets.

At present, Congress has two options for addressing excessive or overreaching Federal regulations: pass a new law or pass a joint resolution of disapproval as set out in the Congressional Review Act (CRA).  Since the enactment of the CRA in 1996, only one rule, however, has been overturned through the CRA disapproval process.

"NLBMDA is pleased that in the opening days of the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives has taken action to prevent burdensome regulations," said Jonathan Paine, President and CEO of NLBMDA. "The legislation provides much-needed transparency and accountability to the rulemaking process."

The Windows and Doors Manufacturers Association also lent its voice in support of the measure. "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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