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Taking Power Away from the Bureaucrats

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Taking Power Away from the Bureaucrats

As Congress passes lengthy but vague legislation, more and more power is being wielded to the unelected bureaucrats that write the regulations. The regulations generated by Obamacare will probably amount to tens of thousands of pages and will govern how each and every American receives healthcare.

In some cases, Congress has willingly ceded power, but in others courts are allowing the agencies to interpret their mandate in ways that Congress never intended. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to use its power under the Clean Air Act to regulation carbon. When Congress passed this bill almost 20 years ago, there was no talk of regulating emissions produced by every engine in the United States.

To restore rightful power to Congress, I'm cosponsoring H.R. 3765, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. This bill would require Congress to approval finals rules that have a major impact on the economy. The Constitution establishes the elected Congress has the law-making body in our nation. It's time that Congress re-assumed responsibility for our nation's laws, not bureaucrats unaccountable to the American people.

Posted by Rep. Joe Pitts (09-21-2010, 04:47 PM) filed under Economy


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