Congressman Rodney Davis

Representing the 13th District of Illinois

House Approves Legislation to Rein in Regulations

Aug 2, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today supported legislation known as the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act to restore accountability for federal rules and regulations to Congress. The House overwhelmingly approved the legislation on a vote of 232-183.

“The REINS Act is a commonsense piece of legislation that asks the regulators and Congress to slow down and consider all the consequences of a new rule prior to letting it take effect,” said Davis, an original cosponsor of the bill. “Regulations and rules are stifling our small business community and the REINS Act is a small step in restoring some sanity to federal government to show that we want to work with the business community and not against it.”

The REINS Act would require any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more—already scored and identified by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget as a “major regulation”—come before Congress for an up-or-down vote before taking effect.

Congress and the President have 70 legislative days to approve the regulation.  If Congress and the President do not act within that time period, the regulation is deemed to be not approved.  

Included in the REINS act was an amendment introduced by Davis to give the USDA, an agency that understands and works with farmers every day, more authority to review EPA regulations that impact agriculture. Under the Davis Amendment, EPA rules that have a significant impact on a substantial number of agricultural entities, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture, would be considered “major rules” and therefore require Congressional Approval before implementation.  This bipartisan amendment passed by a voice vote.

“Whether it is rules treating milk spills like oil spills, discussions about further regulating farm dust or the recent revelation that the agency released personal information of thousands of Combined Animal Feeding Operation owners, it is quite clear that the EPA does not understand agriculture,” said Davis. “The farmers in the 13th District and across the country are good stewards of the land who help our economy and produce our food. Before the EPA’s next proposed rule or regulation impacting agriculture hits, let’s get agriculture a seat at the table to play a role in the process.”