By Oregon Campaign Watch,
Oregon Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer announced “It’s time to get our country back on track! That’s why I cast my first vote to support government accountability and address out-of-control spending. This effort ensures that our government answers to you – The People.”
Additionally on her recent voting here is a recent press release on REINS ACT:
The REINS Act would reassert Congress’ legislative authority and prevent excessive overreach
Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (OR-05) recently cosponsored the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2023, led by Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03). The REINS Act would reassert Congress’ legislative authority and prevent excessive overreach by the executive branch in the federal rulemaking process.
Specifically, it would require every new “major rule” proposed by federal agencies to be approved by both the House and Senate before going into effect. The bill would also preserve Congress’ authority to disapprove of a “nonmajor rule” through a joint resolution.
“The executive branch’s constitutional duty is to enforce laws, not make them. Unfortunately, we’ve seen the executive’s power increase dramatically in recent decades through rulemaking that usurps the legislative branch’s authority. This bill will take important steps to rein in the bureaucracy and put power back in the hands of the people through their elected representatives,” Chavez-DeRemer said.
“During the first year of this administration, the Biden White House added more than $200B in new regulatory costs,” Cammack said. “These new regulations cost the American taxpayers over $2T per year in compliance costs and economic losses without the proper oversight from the legislative branch. The REINS Act is a core part of House Republicans’ mission to reintroduce government accountability and to restore Congress’ role to check the regulatory actions of federal agencies. I’m grateful to the overwhelming support of my colleagues on this bill and look forward to seeing it pass the House this Congress.”
The REINS Act would define a “major rule” as any federal rule or regulation that may result in:
- An annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
- A major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, government industries, government agencies, or geographic regions; or
- Significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.