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The Regulation Madness is Coming to an End

The Obama administration was riddled with regulations and red tape that put federal oversight on everything from ponds to bathrooms to cow flatulence. In fact, President Obama reached a record high number of pages in the Federal Register (the federal journal of regulations) during his last full year in office.

06/08/2017
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Restoring Article I of the Constitution

Throughout the last century, Congress has been delegating a lot of its legislative authority to the executive branch through the creation of new administrative agencies to make new regulations.

05/30/2017
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Capitol Hill Update: May 22, 2017

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05/22/2017
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Sen. Rand Paul's REINS Act Clears Senate Hurdle

FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon released the following statement on Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) REINS Act passing the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:

05/17/2017
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Democrats Are Trying to Repeal the Tool Congress Has to Hold the Regulatory State Accountable

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) have introduced legislation that would repeal one of the tools that give Congress greater oversight of actions taken by federal agencies. Passed in 1996 as part of the Contract with American Advancement Act, the Congressional Review Act provided Congress with power to canceled rules finalized and published by federal agencies.

05/17/2017
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Capitol Hill Update: May 15, 2017

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05/15/2017
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FreedomWorks Supports Senate Bill to Scrutinize Regulations

Today Jason Pye, FreedomWorks' director of public policy and legislative affairs, sent Senate offices the following letter supporting the REINS Act, S. 21, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). This bill requires that agencies’ major rules cannot go into effect until they pass the House and Senate and are signed by the president.

03/02/2017
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Support the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, S. 21

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your senators and urge them to cosponsor the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, S. 21, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The bill has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

03/02/2017
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Issue Analysis

Combating the Regulatory State Through Congressional Action

In recent days, Congress has targeted several midnight rules, those finalized and published in the final days of the Obama administration, through the Congressional Review Act. The effort is part of the rediscovery of Article I of the Constitution and the separation of powers, as well as the threats the regulatory state presents to the economy. In this issue brief, FreedomWorks offers background on the Congressional Review Act, the law's deficiencies, how to give it teeth through the passage of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.

02/15/2017
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REINS Act Adds Teeth to the Congressional Review Act

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. 26, by a vote of 237 to 187. This vote, which FreedomWorks will score on its 2017 Congressional Scorecard, marks the fourth consecutive Congress in which this legislation has passed the lower chamber.

01/09/2017

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