House Votes to Give Congress Power Over Costly Regulations

Friday, 02 Aug 2013 02:14 PM

By Dan Weil

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The House approved a bill Friday that would require approval from both chambers of Congress for new federal regulations costing more $100 million to implement.

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act was approved in a 232-183 vote, mainly along party lines, just before the House adjourned for its August recess, The Hill reports.

The House added several GOP amendments to the bill, widening its scope and the opposition to it. One would require Congress to validate any new rule to tax carbon emissions. Another would do the same for healthcare-related regulation.

Republicans have complained about an onslaught of rules from the Obama administration that are hamstringing businesses.

"Throughout the president’s administration, a flood of major new regulations have been burying Americans’ job creators and households at record levels," Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte said right before the vote, according to The Hill.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, has introduced a version of the REINS bill in the Senate, but it's unlikely to go very far, given that Democrats' control that body. The White House has also promised a veto of the legislation should it pass.






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