IN THE NAME OF TRANSPARENCY, HOUSE PASSES LEGISLATION TO REVIEW REGULATIONS AND REDUCE AGENCY ADVOCACY - March 3, 2017
House Passes Bills to Further Review Regulations, Reduce Agency Advocacy
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
President Trump has issued two executive orders and one memorandum aimed at inhibiting federal agencies from issuing new regulations and enforcing those already on the books, but those efforts have not done enough to satisfy congressional Republicans.
The House this week passed three bills aimed at reducing federal agenciesí regulatory agendas, approving both forward- and backward-looking measures. On Thursday, the House backed mostly along party lines the Regulatory Integrity Act to prevent agencies from advocating on behalf of their proposed rules. The bill would prohibit federal employees from engaging in propaganda to support potential rulemaking, as well as requesting others to engage in advocacy on their behalf.