An effective way for Congress to ‘REIN in’ executive agency overreach

An effective way for Congress to ‘REIN in’ executive agency overreach

[Ed. – A good start.]

Exploiting children’s health concerns to generate public support for climate change regulations is outrageous and exposes the radical environmental zealotry that runs throughout the [EPA]. Moreover, the extreme nature of the agency’s eagerness to engage in propaganda calls into question the EPA’s actions, including the agency’s interpretation of environmental statutes and science.

Clearly, if the agency is willing to twist language for maximum political impact, the EPA would be willing to twist the law and science to achieve its regulatory agenda. With such blatant use of propaganda by the EPA now is the time for Congress to drive a strong regulatory reform agenda to control the agency and other regulatory apparatus of the federal government.

The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act” introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and Representative Todd Young (R-IN), offers a great mechanism for Congress to have oversight over executive branch regulations.

The REINS Act would require Congress to approve major rules that cost more than $100 million of compliance costs per year before the regulations would take effect. Passing the REINS Act would solve the problem of executive branch agencies creating regulations that exceed Congressional intent.

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