Senate moves to rein in regulations, looks to give Congress vote

The Washington Times highlights Ryan Young's report on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act. 

Congress and the president enacted only 114 laws in 2015, but Obama administration agencies issued 3,406 final regulations in the same year, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington.

“If members of Congress must publicly put their name to an unpopular or burdensome regulation, they are less likely to let it stand,” wrote the report’s author, Ryan Young.

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, or REINS, is receiving renewed attention because outgoing administrations tend to ram through so-called “midnight regulations” after Election Day, especially when the opposition party is taking over the White House.

“REINS would help restore the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution by making Congress accountable for the regulatory costs it imposes on the American people,” the CEI report said. “Congress has increasingly delegated away its legislative powers to executive branch agencies.”

Read the full article at The Washington Times