Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

House Focused on Rolling Back Burdensome Regulations

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Feb 3, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today highlighted action in the House of Representatives to roll back costly, burdensome, and unnecessary government regulations.

Congress is using an expedited process established under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to do away with these regulations. The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval that prevents a federal agency from implementing a rule without Congressional authorization.

Legislation under the Congressional Review Act cannot be filibustered in the Senate, which allows for expedited consideration. Once a regulation has been blocked by the CRA, a substantially similar regulation can never be issued.

Byrne said: “Overregulation has a detrimental impact on all Americans and limits opportunities for economic growth. This week, the House has taken action to roll back regulations dealing with everything from the Second Amendment to the coal industry. Through the Congressional Review Act, we can quickly and permanently target unnecessary, costly, and burdensome government regulations, and I hope we continue to use this power over the coming weeks.”

This week alone, the House passed five bills aimed at blocking regulations left over from the Obama Administration:

  • H.R.Res. 36: would block a redundant regulation restricting American oil and gas production;
  • H.J.Res. 37: would block making it harder for small and medium sized businesses to gain government contracts;
  • H.J.Res. 38 would block a regulation attacking the coal industry and killing coal jobs;
  • H.J.Res. 40: would block a regulation restricting the Second Amendment rights of senior citizens and those with disabilities;
  • H.J.Res. 41: would block a regulation that places unreasonable requirements on American energy companies.

Action is expected next week on additional Congressional Review Act bills targeting education and labor regulations.