Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after his bill, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act passed the House of Representatives as part of the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation package.
"Over-regulation is one of the biggest impediments to the growth of our nation's small businesses, and the job creation that comes from that growth. Harmful regulations have been piled on during the Obama Administration, and many of these rules were promulgated without public knowledge or input as a result of the regulation-by-litigation tactics employed by special interest groups.
"My bill shines a light on the murky "sue and settle' process that has led to costly consent decrees like Utility MACT, Cement MACT and the regional haze rules which threaten power plants in Arizona and around the country. As things stand, the American people are being bound by costly rules made behind closed doors, but they are rarely offered the opportunity to take part in the creation of these rules. My bill will open the process to public comment and make these decrees more flexible to meet changing circumstances.
"With this package, the House has taken a major step in fighting back against the regulatory onslaught on our nation's small businesses."