Contact: Michelle Kimmel
American Association for Justice
AAJ Statement on House Passage of the REINS Act
Legislation Could Void Safety Regulations, Endanger Public
Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Burton LeBlanc in response to the U.S. House passing H.R. 367, “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013” (REINS Act.)
“Instead of focusing on legislation to improve public health and safety, Congress voted today to replace a thorough regulatory process that is based on input from multiple industry, consumer, and safety experts with a ‘Congress knows best’ approach.
“The REINS Act is an extreme departure from current regulatory procedures and is designed only to stymie the development of regulations with which the industry does not want to comply.
“Americans deserve more from Congress than a weakened system of checks and balances that will endanger public health and safety.”
- Federal agencies draft regulations to implement specific statutory mandates included in laws passed by Congress.
- Congress adopted this system over a hundred years ago because it recognized the necessity and efficiency of assigning the job of crafting appropriate regulations to the scientific, economic, legal, and other experts in the various agencies.
- The REINS Act would require all economically significant regulations to be approved by Congress, by means of a joint congressional resolution, and signed by the President before taking affect.
- The REINS Act would allow for a few members of Congress to delay or even avoid implementation of significant health and safety regulations, including regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration.