The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.
This new study seeks to inform policymakers and the public about the number and type of regulations that impose the greatest impact on the business community, consumers, and ultimately the U.S. economy. The analysis, which examined federal rules finalized from 2008-2016, found that only 140 regulations out of more than 32,000 had costs exceeding $100 million. Also, it found an even smaller number of 28 “high-impact rules” or regulations that each cost more than $1 billion annually.
The report identifies the most costly and transformative regulations so that Congress and federal agencies are better able to develop a process that will ensure future regulations achieve congressional intent and avoid agency overreach.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after introduction of the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017” (RAA) in the U.S. Senate:
“The business community asked the U.S. Senate to take action to make regulatory reform a reality this year, and they answered that call today. We applaud Senators Portman and Heitkamp for continuing to take leadership on this issue and proving to America that bipartisanship is still alive in Washington.
FOR: STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD ON THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S PROPOSAL ON THE “ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION REQUIREMENTS: RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS UNDER THE CLEAN AIR ACT; FURTHER DELAY OF EFFECTIVE DATE”
TO: U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
BY: MARY K. MARTIN, ENERGY, CLEAN AIR & NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY COUNSEL
"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process. The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties. These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.
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