CEI Joins Coalition Letter Supporting Inclusion of REINS Act Language in NAFTA

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Mr. President:

On behalf of millions of members and supporters of our organizations, we write in appreciation of the remarkable pro-growth deregulatory accomplishments of your administration and to urge you to make those accomplishments permanent by including the competitiveness chapter proposed by Senators Cruz, Daines, and Gardner in the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

We specifically urge inclusion in the competitiveness chapter of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require costly new regulations to be individually approved by Congress before they could take effect.

In 2015, you committed to vigorously advocate for the REINS Act, which would require any costly new regulations to be approved by Congress before they could take effect.

You said: “I will sign the REINS Act should it reach my desk as President and more importantly I will work hard to get it passed.”

The monstrosity that is the Federal Government with its pages and pages of rules and regulations has been a disaster for the American economy and job growth. The REINS Act is one major step toward getting our government under control.”

The REINS Act is still vitally needed because if the regulatory process is not fixed, your highly successful pro-growth deregulatory efforts could prove ephemeral, reversed by the next Democratic administration that could put all the job-crushing Obama regulations back in place – and worse.

The REINS Act has passed the House and has passed committee in the Senate, but has not been scheduled for a floor vote because of the threat of a Democratic filibuster.

Senators Cruz, Daines, and Gardner’s proposed competitiveness chapter would include the REINS Act along with other key regulatory reforms and provisions on the promotion of manufacturing, infrastructure, and vocational education. We endorse this strategy. Incorporating this package into NAFTA would allow you to submit it to the Senate under fast-track Trade Promotion Authority, protected from filibuster.

The package would strengthen the core objectives of the NAFTA renegotiation by assuring a more stable, business-friendly regulatory environment, making it more attractive for companies to invest and create jobs in the United States. It would also permanently fix the regulatory process, cementing a Trump legacy of pro-growth regulatory reform and making another Obama-like regulatory assault on the U.S. economy nearly impossible.

We therefore urge you to include the proposed Cruz-Daines-Gardner competitiveness chapter, including the REINS Act, in NAFTA renegotiation and submit it to Congress as soon as possible.


James L. Martin, Chairman
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President
60 Plus Association

Dick Patten, President
American Business Defense Council

Susan Carleson, Chairman/CEO
American Civil Rights Union

Phil Kerpen, President
American Commitment

Daniel Schneider, Executive Director
American Conservative Union 

Sean Noble, President
American Encore

Tom Pyle, President
American Energy Alliance

Rick Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government

Grover Norquist,President
Americans for Tax Reform

Dan Weber, Founder and CEO
Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC)

Andrew F. Quinlan, President
Center for Freedom and Prosperity

David McIntosh, President
Club for Growth

Michael Bowen, CEO
Coalition For a Strong America

Wayne Crews, Vice President for Policy and Senior Fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman

Matthew Kandrach, President
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Thomas A. Schatz, President
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs

George Landrith, President
Frontiers of Freedom

Andresen Blom, Executive Director
Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.

Mario H. Lopez, President
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Heather R. Higgins, President & CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy
The James Madison Institute

Seton Motley, President
Less Government

David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund

Maureen Blum,Vice President for Federal Affairs
USA Workforce Coalition