H.R.5 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 – For Or Against Big Government Control?

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by Pamela Williams
I want to first make my point why so many oppose this Bill H.R.5 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, which basically takes control away from Agencies such as the EPA and the FDA.
The Bill basically in layman’s language drains the swamp of big government agencies control such as the FDA and EPA. This is the way I see it. It will roll back some of the control by big government over corporations and businesses. It will put more control into those of Corporate America and those with small businesses. In my opinion, if you are looking to bring back jobs and take government restrictions off of businesses this is a good thing. HOWEVER, since you will be taking powers away from the EPA and the FDA, you will be allowing more chemicals, contagions, and poisons into the air and into consumer products. This is why many are so against this Bill.
1..Those who are this Bill are for instance the American Lung Association, and I will quote them: January 11, 2017) – WASHINGTON, D.C.Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, a bill that would undermine the ability of federal agencies to set science-based safeguards that protect public health. In response, Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
“Simply put, the Regulatory Accountability Act is slow-motion government shutdown. It would have dangerous consequences for Americans’ health, particularly on our most vulnerable populations, including children, older adults and those living with lung and heart disease. The American Lung Association is disappointed in the House’s passage of this legislation and calls on the Senate to reject it.
“This bill would not ensure ‘regulatory accountability.’ Instead, under the guise of reform, it would impose dozens of unnecessary requirements that would bog down the process for setting health safeguards – safeguards that would successfully prevent more asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes and premature deaths.
“Current law already requires that federal rules go through extensive review, analysis and public comment before they are finalized. H.R. 5 would impose additional layers of red tape on agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration that would dramatically impair their ability to do what the Clean Air Act and the Tobacco Control Act set out to do: protect our health from harmful air pollution and tobacco products.
“Furthermore, the bill prioritizes industry profits over public health, requiring that agencies default to setting rules with the estimated least cost to industry – not, for example, according to what the science says is necessary to protect health.
“The Regulatory Accountability Act is a broad assault on the ability of federal agencies, including the EPA and FDA, to protect public health. The Lung Association urges the U.S. Senate to save our lungs and vote against H.R. 5.”
2.  www.nrdc.org/resources/13-environmental-groups-oppose-regulatory-accountability-act-raa-hr-5

13 Environmental Groups Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), H.R. 5
13 national environmental groups oppose the extreme Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA)-H.R. 5. This bill would undermine the entire system of public protections that Americans rely on for clean air, potable water, safe food and workplaces as well as financial stability. The RAA would give special interests numerous tools to delay or more likely stop important protections through endless delay and litigation.

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Published on Jan 11, 2017
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor today in favor of H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which is the third piece of legislation in the House’s work to fundamentally change the structure of Washington so it serves the people.
In addition to the foregoing, Congress is expected to roll back agency regulatory powers by passing the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, H.R. 5 (Goodlatte, R-VA), which would repeal the longstanding so-called “Chevron deference” given to agencies’ legal interpretations. The legal standard originates from the Supreme Court’s 1984 decision in Chevron USA, Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. The legislation would eliminate Chevron standards frequently used by courts to uphold agency interpretations of federal regulations, as well as change agency rulemaking and strip agency “guidance” from having legal effect. In addition, the bill would require six-month delays of enforcement for new rules and mandatory litigation stays for “major rules” that would have an impact of $1 billion or more on commerce. The bill also would require agencies to calculate the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of new rules on small business. A vote on the bill is expected in the House in January, over the strong opposition of organized labor and environmental groups that fear that the bill will curtail labor and environmental rule making.____________________________________________________________________________________________
OK…you will have to decide if you want more power to be given to Government Agencies like the EPA or the FDA.  Frankly, I do not.  This Bill will put more control into the hands of businesses which will be able to hire more employees due to less cost and interference by government agencies.  Yet, the EPA and the FDA serve their purpose, but have they overstepped their bounds under the Obama Administration?  President-elect Trumps says they have, and he has promised to bring jobs back to America.
This in my opinion is the beginning of Trump’s promise to bring jobs back to America by giving corporate more control over its management.  As long as big government has free reign to put business under so many top-heavy restrictions, it makes it harder to afford to hire more Americans.  I think you are going to see Trump roll back the restrictions of the Obama Administration.  For now, I am going with less government control.  I pray that giving more power to corporate will be more beneficial than letting Government Agencies have it.
The below is what I think, also:

Today I voted in support of H.R. 5 – the Regulatory Accountability Act. Excessive federal regulations lead North Country families and businesses to pay higher prices, receive lower wages, and result in depressed economic growth. This important, bipartisan legislation simply requires the Executive Branch to adopt the least costly method to effectively implement the law. With the RAA, Congress and the President can work together to deliver real and permanent regulatory reform solutions for hardworking Americans. This legislation passed the House by a vote of 238-183.

In Conclusion, I believe that H.R. 5 Accountability Act of 2017 is part of the Trump strategy to bring more jobs back to America. I support that, and I also support less government in business.

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