ESA is among more than 80 industry-based associations that have officially signed on in support of bills in both chambers of Congress that would increase the level of accountability of federal agencies in the regulatory process.
"The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013” has been introduced in both the Senate (S. 1029) and House (H.R. 2122) with broad bipartisan support. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that the regulatory process has not been updated in more than six decades, and is long overdue for a thorough examination.
Regulatory burdens place a tremendous strain on businesses of all sizes, particularly when badly written regulations must be corrected through litigation. For many businesses, these regulations act as restraints on growth, hiring and investment.
Proponents of the legislation say that the changes would not prevent federal agencies from issuing regulations or accomplishing objectives. Instead, they say, the bills will ensure accountability, requiring that regulations are thoroughly deliberated and based on solid information and evidence as part of a transparent decision-making process. The measures would also emphasize the duty of agencies to analyze costs and benefits of new regulations.
Other associations signing on to a letter of support from the Chamber of Commerce include the Associated Builders and Contractors, Construction Industry Roundtable, Independent Electrical Contractors, National Association of Home Builders and the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council.