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March 8, 2015

White House Threatens To Veto EPA Regulatory Reform Bills

The White House last week threatened to veto two pieces of legislation aimed at reforming the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rulemaking process: H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Act, which would expand business and business associations’ access to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board when it is contemplating rules, and H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act, which would “prohibit the EPA from issuing any regulations that rely upon scientific research that is not publicly available.” 

The U.S. House is expected to consider H.R. 1029 and H.R. 1030 later this month. 

Also on the House’s radar: the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, or SCRUB Act, which would reform the “sue and settle” process by which special interest groups sue the executive branch in order to prompt rulemaking on their particular interests. According to the American Action Forum, the SCRUB Act and the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, which would require regulatory agencies to notify the public when they learn of a lawsuit that could eventually end in a new regulation, could reduce federal regulatory burdens by $48 billion annually. 

MSCI will support all of these regulatory reform efforts. To be sure: regulations don’t affect just businesses’ bottom lines. To learn more about how regulatory costs impact workers and low-income Americans, MSCI encourages its members to read this testimony by George Mason University’s Patrick McLaughlin to the U.S .House Judiciary Committee.