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Newhouse Statement on House Passage of Legislation to Rein in Federal Regulations

July 28, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. The REINS Act passed the House on a vote of 243 to 165. Rep. Newhouse cosponsored the REINS Act, which would require all new major regulations—those with an economic impact of $100 million or more—to receive an up-or-down vote in both the House and the Senate, as well as the signature of the President, before the regulation can be enforced on the American public.

“I am proud to support passage of this commonsense bill to improve the regulatory process by boosting congressional oversight of expensive federal rules,” said Rep. Newhouse. “One the biggest concerns I hear from small businesses in Central Washington is their struggle to comply with the high cost of federal regulations. The hallmark of this Administration has been the constant flood of top-down regulations that cost the economy billions of dollars. Reining in federal overregulation to lift unnecessary burdens on job creators is one of my top priorities in Congress. This legislation would ensure that Americans’ elected representatives—not bureaucrats—are held accountable for major federal rules.”

To read the text of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS), click here.