Big polluters are hoping that this is finally going to be the year they get to undo Decades of Environmental Protections. A trio of Bills, Midnight Rules Relief, REINS, and Regulatory Accountability Acts would help accomplish this.
Midnight Rules Relief Act
This Bill would let Congress quash Safeguards enacted in Obama's final year as President with a single Vote of Disapproval. Agencies would then be Banned from adopting similar Rules without Congress acting. This Bill could eliminate a number of Policies: tougher limits on Lead in Public Housing and Endangered Species Protections.
REINS Act - The Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act
This Bill would require Congress to approve all Major Regulations within 70 Legislative days, even if the changes were previously mandated by Congress. Given how slowly Congress moves, that deadline alone could kill Rules, even when the Majority agrees with them.
Regulatory Accountability Act
This Bill would prevent Agencies from finalizing Rules if there is a less-costly alternative, even if it is completely ineffective. The Bill also throws a number of Bureaucratic obstacles in the way to delay progress. Federal action would become an easy target for defeat and deadlock by well-financed Special Interests.
These dangerous, backdoor Bills put Corporate interests ahead of those of the American Public and the Environment. They've already passed the House, and now they're moving to the Senate.
These pieces of Legislation are some of the most egregious displays ever of Political kowtowing to big, Polluting industries. Government safeguards are supposed to be guided by Science and Expertise, but these Unconstitutional Bills would ensure that they would be driven by Politics.
If they pass we can kiss any Substantive, Proactive Safeguards goodbye for years.
CLICK HERE to sign the Petition to express your Opposition to the Midnight Rules Relief, REINS, and Regulatory Accountability Acts.
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