Jan 22 2015

Senator Blunt Backs Senator Paul’s REINS Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) once again co-sponsored the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Ky.).

The REINS Act would require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch, which has an annual economic impact of $100 million or more, before it can be enforced on the American people. To view the Senate bill, click here.

“I thank Senator Paul for reintroducing this important legislation, which successfully passed the House last year. Each and every day, I hear from Missouri families, farmers, and job creators who are burdened by costly federal rules and regulations,” said Blunt. “Before these requirements are imposed on people, Congress owes it to every American to closely review all federal rules and regulations that will cost taxpayers $100 million or more.”

Blunt has helped lead the fight to restore accountability and stop over-regulation in Washington:

•    ENFORCE the Law Act: Blunt recently re-introduced the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act, which would put a procedure in place to permit Congress to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws. Blunt re-introduced the bill following President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty announcement. To read more, click here.
•    Regulatory Improvement Act: Last Congress, Blunt joined U.S. Senator Angus King (Maine) to introduce the Regulatory Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to streamline, consolidate, and repeal onerous and costly government regulations. The bill would direct Congress to create a “Regulatory Improvement Commission,” which would collect broad public input regarding which regulations are outdated, duplicative, or inefficient. Blunt plans to re-introduce a version of this bill this Congress.
•    Taxpayer Transparency Act: Last Congress, Blunt introduced the Taxpayer Transparency Act to require federal agencies to transparently disclose when taxpayer dollars are used to pay for government advertising. He filed the bill after it was reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) planned to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign to promote the president’s health care law. Blunt plans to re-introduce the bill this Congress.
•     Regulatory Responsibility for Our Economy Act: Blunt once again co-sponsored U.S. Senator Pat Roberts’s (Kan.) Regulatory Responsibility for Our Economy Act, which ensures that regulations put forth by the Executive branch consider the economic burden on American businesses, account for stakeholder input, and promote innovation. The bill would require all federal agencies to review their significant regulations, and propose a timeline to repeal those deemed burdensome, unnecessary or those that harm the economy or job creation.

•    Citizen Empowerment Act: Blunt introduced the Citizen Empowerment Act last Congress to restore Americans’ trust in government by expanding provisions that allow individuals to record conversations with executive agency employees. He filed the bill after it was revealed that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials admitted to targeting conservative organizations and other Americans. Blunt plans to re-introduce the legislation this Congress.
•    Government Employee Accountability Act: Blunt introduced the Government Employee Accountability Act last Congress to give executive agencies the ability to effectively deal with Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, and provide Congress with more oversight. He introduced the bill in the wake of the IRS scandal. Blunt plans to re-introduce the legislation this Congress.

•    Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act: Last Congress, Blunt co-sponsored the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, which was introduced by Roberts and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and was co-sponsored by 39 additional Senators. The bill protects the free-speech rights of 501(c)(4) organizations by prohibiting for one year the finalization of a proposed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation that would significantly limit the advocacy and educational activities of these groups.