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CEI’s regulatory reform agenda

C Wayne Crews of CEI

As issued January 2015, a multi-pronged proposal to reform regulations comes from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, as assembled by its Vice President for Policy, C. Wayne Crews.

The full report is below, which details each of these key recommendations:  


Congress should:

◆ Make greater use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rein in agency overreach.

◆ Pass the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act, to promote greater transparency, more accurate reporting, and analysis of regulations.

◆ Pass the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, requiring Congress to vote on major rules—those with estimated annual costs of $100 million or more.

◆ Require creation of a Regulatory Transparency Report Card to tally up regulatory cost estimates in a single publicly-accessible document.

◆ Pass the National Regulatory Budget Act, including creation of an Office of Regulatory Analysis.

◆ Create a Regulatory Reduction Commission, requiring it to convene periodically.

◆ Augment the regulatory review process with sunsetting and one-in-one-out rules.


What difference does the number of regulations make?

Major regulationsPresident Obama loves to say that he’s issued fewer regulations than George W. Bush did. Obama does that to distract and confuse people because it’s both true and extremely misleading. It’s the cost that counts — the economic impact — far more than the number of regulations.

An illustration: One person may have twice as many coins as another person, but if they have four pennies and the other person has two quarters, then the smaller number of coins is clearly more significant.

Obama’s smaller number of regulations have a far bigger and more negative impact on our economy than Bush’s regulations did. As noted early in 2012, “It’s true (barely) that Bush issued more new regulations than Obama at the same point in their presidencies — but Obama didn’t mention that his cost more.

More from Competitive Enterprise Institute:

Family budgets wrecked by runaway regulations and red tape

Grocery shopperRunaway regulations are hurting everyday people and wrecking family budgets. It’s not big companies that suffer from the $1.88 trillion annual burden of red tape that the government imposes. They pass them along, adding the costs onto their price tags.

Unaffordable health care coverage, unaffordable electric bills, unaffordable rises in food costs, unaffordable college, and unaffordable appliances are parts of the skyrocketing burden of regulations, usually dictated from Washington.

Millions of Americans who no longer pay federal income tax nevertheless have a stake in controlling the size of government, because their family budgets are ruined by higher prices resulting from regulations. All costs of regulations are passed along by businesses owners to employees who get paid with a pay stub template software.

The average is $15,000 per household per year, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s new annual report “Ten Thousand Commandments”, with a collective cost of $1.88 trillion. Last year alone, President Obama’s hand-picked bureaucrats created $567 per person of new red tape by creating 75,000 pages of more regulations. That’s a one-year regulatory increase of over $2,000 for a household of four.

Because that overall $1.88 trillion number is too big to swallow, people need the details one bite at a time. Providing those digestible bites is the mission of Americans for Less Regulation. Many items also are posted on ALR’s Facebook site.

HOW does red tape hurt your family budget? Read more for details including:

  • Skyrocketing electric bills
  • Higher automobile prices
  • Phony claims of consumer savings
  • Appliance prices
  • Light bulbs
  • Window blinds
  • Federal snooping of your personal finances
  • Rising health care costs