The “Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act” (RFIA) and the “Regulatory Accountability Act” (RAA) are headed for votes on the House floor shortly (today and/or tomorrow). The “Gum Up Public Health and Safety Protections Act” apparently wasn’t going to sell as well.
A quick recap of the Regulatory Accountability Act, via CPR Member Scholar Sidney Shapiro’s Congressional testimony on the bill in October:
For a point-by-point examination of how the RAA would leave Americans and the environment less protected, I also recommend the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards’ exhaustive report on the bill.
The RFIA would, as the White House put it, “impose unneeded and costly analytical and procedural requirements on agencies that would prevent them from performing their statutory responsibilities. It would also create needless regulatory and legal uncertainty and increase costs for businesses and further impede the implementation of commonsense protections for the American public.” (The White House issued a veto threat on the RAA, as well).
You can spin it all you want, but in the end these bills seek to block public health and safety protections.