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REIN in the bureaucrats!

The Constitution entrusts our elected representatives in Congress with legislative power, but in recent years much of that power has been delegated away to unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucrats.This week the House of Representatives has an opportunity to fix this. On Wednesday, the House will vote on H.R. 10, the REINS Act, to make it clear that Congress makes the laws in this country, not agency bureaucrats.

Click here to urge your Member of Congress to support the REINS Act and restore the proper balance of power in the legislative process!

The Small Business Administration reported recently that it cost American businesses $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations in 2008, more than individual and corporate income taxes combined. With such significant costs, clearly something has gone awry in the process.

The REINS Act helps correct this problem. Whenever an agency seeks to finalize a new “major” regulation – one with an economic impact of $100 million or more – the House and Senate must first vote to approve it, and the President must sign it before it can take effect. Sound familiar? This is how the Framers intended the legislative process to work!

The REINS Act won’t stop every costly federal regulation or solve our existing regulatory problems, but it will ensure that when a new regulation takes effect every citizen will know exactly who voted for it and will be able to hold them accountable. We’ll soon find out how many Members of Congress are willing to accept that responsibility.

Congress should make the laws in our country, not unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats. Click here to take action!


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