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16Better25 on Jun 14, 2016

Report: letting businesses help define regulatory rules
    Our plan includes ideas to:
  • Back startups and small businesses by giving them a real say in the rules that affect their work, and cutting down on roadblocks to capital formation and growth.
  • Consider putting regulators on a budget by allocating to each agency a limit on the amount of regulatory costs that it can impose for each fiscal year.
  • Publish the cost--and cut the cost--of regulations by requiring agencies to adopt the least costly method of implementing new rules, provide a full accounting of the costs--including the costs of jobs lost--of new rules, and detail the cumulative impact of new rules instead of looking at each one in isolation.
  • Stop blank checks by implementing sunset dates for regulatory programs, and empowering federal judges to carefully scrutinize agencies' decisions.
  • Put the feds on the clock by establishing a shot-clock approach, meaning failure to act within a reasonable period of time would lead to automatic approval. The way things work now, regulators can hold up jobs and projects indefinitely, with little to no explanation.
  • Open up government data so that all evidence used in support of regulation is based on sound science and available for proper scrutiny.
  • Subject regulations to spring cleaning by establishing an independent commission that goes back and looks at past regulations to see what has become outdated, and identifies rules that can be weeded out responsibly.
  • Pare back the paperwork police by easing penalties for first-time paperwork violations by small businesses.
  • Regulate only when needed by preventing the federal government from regulating in areas where states are already fulfilling that duty successfully. This will end regulators' habit of creating regulations in search of problems.
  • Stop bad regulations in their tracks by requiring Congress to approve all rules that would cost the economy more than $100 million a year.
Also see Overview of "A Better Way"; details of "Vision for the Economy "; and related GOP plank on Budget Policy


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 25. Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Corporations
  • Headline: Let businesses help define regulatory rules (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 16Better25



Republicans participating in 16Better25

Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican 
Kevin Brady s1sTexas Republican 
Steve Chabot s1sOhio Republican 
Jason Chaffetz s1sUT Former Republican Challenger (2011) 
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s1sVirginia Republican 
Jeb Hensarling s1sTexas Republican 
John Kline s1sMinnesota Republican 
Michael McCaul s1sTexas Republican 
Candice Miller s1sMichigan Republican (retiring 2016) 
Jeff Miller s1sFlorida Republican 
Devin Nunes s1sCalifornia Republican 
Hal Rogers s1sKentucky Republican 
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican 
Paul Ryan s1sPOTUS Republican 
Pete Sessions s1sTexas Republican 
Bill Shuster s1sPennsylvania Republican 
Lamar Smith s1sTexas Republican 
Mac Thornberry s1sTexas Republican 
Fred Upton s1sMichigan Republican 



Independents participating in 16Better25

Tom Price s1sGA Health and Human Services 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 20
Independents: 1


















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