Today, 27 Member Scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform, leading academics who specialize in administrative law and regulatory policy, submitted a letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill outlining their serious concerns with the Senate Regulatory Accountability Act. That bill is among several aimed at undermining our system of regulatory safeguards that are set to be marked up by the committee at its business meeting on Wednesday. Others set to be marked up include the Senate REINS Act and the Senate Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act.
In the letter, CPR Member Scholars identified seven troubling aspects of the bill:
The letter concludes by observing how the drafters of the Senate RAA have fundamentally misdiagnosed the existing flaws with the regulatory system. It calls on the committee to adopt a new, more effective approach to regulatory reform – one that "would make it easier for agencies to issue new safeguards, or update existing ones, in a timely and effective manner."