Tillis, Daines bill aims to create more effective federal regulation process

U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Steve Daines (R-MT) on July 2 introduced a bill that would streamline regulations for federal government agencies.

“While some regulation is necessary, there is too much red tape that is outdated, redundant and irrelevant to the task at hand,” Sen. Tillis said. “This bill will create a more conducive environment for small businesses, companies and organizations across the country to succeed by streamlining agencies and organizing a more effective process.”

Sens. Tillis and Daines are original cosponsors of the Unnecessary Agency Regulations Reduction Act, S. 4196, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) to modify, consolidate or repeal unnecessary agency major rules, according to the text of the bill.

If enacted, S. 4196 would create a process to eliminate multiple regulations originating from any and all agencies in a joint resolution, according to a bill summary provided by Sen. Tillis’ office.

The bill also would require the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to annually submit a list of agency regulations to modify, consolidate or repeal, according to the summary.

The list of recommended regulations also would be included in the President’s Unified Agenda and then transmitted to the relevant congressional committees to review. The final list of recommendations would be introduced as a joint resolution, which is eligible for expedited consideration in Congress, according to the summary.

The legislation has been referred for consideration to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.