Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) today voted in support of the Regulation from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which was approved by the House of Representatives. This legislation would rein in out-of-control federal regulations by requiring Congressional approval for any federal regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more.
The REINS Act will amend the Congressional Review Act of 1996. Since the CRA's enactment, there have been close to 59,000 new rules. According to the Small Business Administration, federal regulations cost our economy $1.75 trillion per year. More importantly, the REINS Act will remove the unelected bureaucrats' ability to impose overreaching rules and restore to elected representatives the authority to impose necessary regulations.
"The cities, towns and counties that make up my district in Tennessee are home to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs America has to offer. I am always hearing from small business owners who are telling me that the excessive regulations being imposed on them by unelected bureaucrats in Washington are killing their ability to grow and create jobs. This legislation reins in the excessive federal regulations that are strangling our economy. Instead of placing more costly burdens on American small business owners, we need to create an environment that promotes more innovation and job creation. It's time to cut the red tape and get people back to work."
The passage of the REINS Act today is a part of an overall package of legislation intended to get America back to work. Through floor votes and her work on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Blackburn continues to lead the charge in removing the unnecessary burdens placed on American businesses. Voting to remove the EPA Boiler MACT and Cement MACT rules, Blackburn remains on watch for the administrative overreach found in Washington.