Category Archives: Regulatory Reform in Congress

Two Regulatory Reform Bills Introduced

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Wednesday, May 29, 2019@BridgetDooling

Following up on my post about a Congressional hearing on regulatory reform before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management (RAFM), two new bills were introduced on May 13. Both bills grew out of that hearing (video & written testimony available on the HSGAC website). The Early […]

Wallach on Lessons from the REINS Act

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Thursday, May 9, 2019@BridgetDooling

The REINS Act would have required Congress to approve all new “major” rules before they could go into effect. A significant re-ordering of the regulatory process, it was one of many regulatory reform bills that was introduced but not enacted in the 115th Congress. The REINS Act reflected aspects of a larger movement to strengthen the […]

Upcoming Hearing — From Beginning to End: An Examination of Agencies’ Early Public Engagement and Retrospective Review

by Bridget C.E. Dooling — Monday, May 6, 2019@BridgetDooling

Two former OIRA Administrators are testifying tomorrow morning in a hearing that might re-kindle regulatory reform efforts in Congress. As Chris Walker has covered on this blog, the 115th Congress had a flurry of regulatory reform activity, none of which was enacted. This is the first Senate hearing in the 116th to take up regulatory reform.* […]

How Agencies Should Communicate During Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018@chris_j_walker

As Elizabeth Porter and Kathryn Watts noted in their contribution to this symposium on how agencies communicate (as well as Michael Herz in his contribution), federal agencies have begun to utilize social media and other channels to explain and promote their preferred regulatory outcomes. Sometimes such communications take place during the public comment period on […]

Judicial Deference under the Regulatory Accountability Act

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, July 26, 2017@chris_j_walker

Since I last blogged about the Portman-Heitkamp Regulatory Accountability Act being reported favorably out of committee in May, there hasn’t been any movement on the legislative front. A number of additional administrative law scholars, however, have weighed in, and the legislation continues to get serious attention in policy circles. For instance, Cass Sunstein has a generally […]

Proposed Section 553(c)(6) of the Regulatory Accountability Act and Soliciting Grassroots Support, by Bernard W. Bell

by Guest Blogger — Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee reported out S. 591, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. The bill’s proposed addition of section 553(c)(6) to the Administrative Procedure Act warrants attention. The provision has already been the focus of consideration in The Regulatory Review: Daniel E. Walters, Ditch the Flawed Legislative Proposal to Police […]

Update on Portman-Heitkamp Regulatory Accountability Act

by Chris Walker — Saturday, May 20, 2017@chris_j_walker

On Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) reported out favorably the Portman-Heitkamp Regulatory Accountability Act. I’ve blogged about this bipartisan regulatory reform legislation here and here, and I have an more in-depth take on the legislation in an essay forthcoming in Administrative Law Review. Earlier this week, moreover, The Regulatory Review (f/k/a RegBlog) […]

What to Make of the Regulatory Accountablity Act’s Public Hearing Right for >$100M Rules?

by Chris Walker — Thursday, May 11, 2017@chris_j_walker

Perhaps the most controversial provisions of the Portman-Heitkamp Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 concern the availability of a public hearing for rules that have an economic impact of $100 million or more. The legislation would amend the Administrative Procedure Act to allow interested parties to petition for a public hearing and require the agency to include […]

My Preliminary Take on the Heitkamp-Portman Regulatory Accountability Act

by Chris Walker — Wednesday, May 3, 2017@chris_j_walker

As I noted last week, Senators Heitkamp and Portman, joined by Senators Hatch and Manchin, just introduced the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. Portman’s press release is here, and the full text of the bill is available here (you can also subscribe there for alerts on the legislation). My co-blogger Adam White had a thoughtful […]