Today’s Daily Action is asking folks to call their Senator(s) and tell them to vote NO on HR26 the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 and HR998 the SCRUB Act. Why are these bills important?
These two bills are an unabashed attack on agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that protect the land we live on, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. HR26 and HR998 put the approval of regulations that guard US Citizens and the environment in the hands of politicians who most often act on behalf of corporate lobbyists and business interests.
SUMMARY OF HR26 & HR998 (you can find the full text of each bill at www.congress.gov)
HR26 – Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017: HR26 is an attempt to hamstring regulatory agencies and create a way for politicians who act on the behalf of corporate/industrial lobbyists to decide what regulations are necessary by categorizing them based on their impact on business interests and not the health and safety of US Citizens.
HR998 – SCRUB Act: HR998 creates the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission (RRRC) mandated to review and identify existing “major rules” for repeal and requires any regulatory agency to “cut and go” i.e. repeal an earmarked “major rule” before enacting a new rule, but only if the cut “major rule” is approved by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Agencies must create a review plan for any new rules. It also allows for judicial appeal of regulations that have been repealed, or impacted by “cut and go”.
Per both HR26 & HR998 “a ‘major rule’ is one that:
(1) an annual cost on the economy of $100 million or more, adjusted annually for inflation;
(2) a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, local, or tribal government agencies, or geographic regions;
(3) significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises; or
(4) significant impacts on multiple sectors of the economy.”
Hello. My name is (NAME), I am a US citizen living in (STATE), my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to beg you to vote NO on HR26 and HR998. Both these bills unabashedly put the regulations that guard every US Citizen’s safety in the hands of corporate lobbyists and business interests. There is nothing less at stake than the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Please put the health and safety of US Citizens above business interests and corporate lobbyists and prove to the people you value their lives more than you value corporate approval.