Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Introduces Bill to Help Eliminate Overreaching Regulations

February 16, 2017
Press Release

Legislation Requires Agencies to Report on Regulations that Failed to Comply with Oversight Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced legislation to mandate federal agencies report to Congress about regulations that did not comply with the Congressional Review Act (CRA).  According to the text of the CRA, regulations that did not comply with mandated reporting requirements may be subject to overrule by Congress with majorities in both chambers.

“Congress has a Constitutional responsibility to provide oversight of the executive branch,” said Rep. McSally. “Many agencies going back years have completely disregarded laws that guide lawmakers in their oversight role, making that job significantly harder. Today’s legislation would require federal agencies to catalog which regulations did not comply with the Congressional Review Act so that Congress can determine what, if any, additional actions are needed.”

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can overrule regulations from the executive branch with simple majorities in both chambers through what’s called disapproval resolutions. The CRA details that regulations subject to overrule from Congress include only those going back 60 legislative days from when they were introduced or when their lawfully required reports were sent to Congress, whatever date comes later.

The Require CRA Compliance Act requires all agencies to conduct a full inventory of rules and guidance that have been submitted since the CRA was signed into law, prioritizing major and significant regulations. The bill also requires agencies to submit a full account to Congress in three tranches over a 90-day period detailing which rules did not include the required report, thus making them eligible for disapproval from Congress.

To read the full bill text, click HERE