BY JENNIFER CABRERA
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kat Cammack hosted a press conference to mark the introduction of H.R. 277, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act of 2023 (REINS). The bill, which Cammack said would reassert Congress’ legislative authority and prevent excessive overreach by the executive branch in the federal rulemaking process, currently has 179 Republican cosponsors, making it one of the most popular bills so far this Congress.
The bill would require every new “major rule” proposed by federal agencies to be approved by both the House and Senate before going into effect. It would also preserve Congress’ authority to disapprove of a “non-major rule” through a joint resolution.
In her introduction, Cammack said, “With 179 cosponsors, this bill has become front-and-center for the Republican agenda in reining [in] this overreaching, overburdensome government that has spiraled out of control.
“I like to say that the regulatory regime is quite literally the biggest, but the quietest, American dream-killer. It has an impact on every aspect of our lives—from the services that we use to the products that we consume and the way we operate our businesses. The regulatory regime is out-of-control in dictating every element of our livelihoods, our business, and beyond.”
Cammack said there are currently 1.3 million regulations on the books, costing our economy over $2 trillion a year. She continued, “It’s pretty simple—you start pulling regulations off the books that don’t make people safer, products safer, and that are really there just to find a home and to drive revenue for that agency. By doing this, we can start to see some relief for the American people. The REINS [Act] does just this. It takes steps to address regulatory actions by requiring every new major rule proposed by federal agencies to be approved by Congress before going into effect.”
Cammack said that the ATF’s new rule requiring owners of pistol braces to register their weapons is an example of the type of regulation that could be affected by the Act, although the Act will not affect rules that have already been enacted. The REINS Act has been introduced multiple times over the years, and Cammack first introduced it in 2021.
Rand Paul is expected to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.