Coalition of free market groups urges Congress to cap and track stifling federal regulations

The Washington Times reports on a coalition letter led by CEI that urges Congress to pass a budget that addresses regulation.

Big government is getting big criticism. A coalition of 15 free market groups say that stifling federal regulations can have an effect similar to tax increases, proposing that these regs be capped, tracked and disclosed annually – just like federal spending. The group is now urging Congress to include a regulatory budget in its final budget for 2017, and they’ve got an example in mind, spelled out in an open letter to lawmakers.

“Specifically, Congress should pass a budget that includes the regulatory budget put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, Georgia Republican, in the new House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2017,” the groups advise in their message.Led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and supported by such organizations as FreedomWorks and the American Tax Payers Union, the coalition also faulted certain White House practices.

“With the recognition of the regulatory hidden tax alongside the budgetary one, we urge Congress to seize this unique opportunity to assert control over the regulatory state and enact significant reforms,” the group concludes.

The coalition letter was organized by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and signed by American Commitment, Americans for Tax Reform, Campaign for Liberty, Center for Individual Freedom, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness, Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, Frontiers of Freedom, Log Cabin Republicans, Main Street Growth Project, National Taxpayers Union, R Street Institute, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Read the full article at Washington Times