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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Congressman Donovan Votes for SCRUB Act to Cut Down on Unnecessary Regulations

January 11, 2016
In The News

On January 7, Congressman Dan Donovan voted to pass the SCRUB Act, which would curb unnecessary regulations by creating a bipartisan commission to review the Code of Federal Regulations, and suggest repeals. Once passed, the SCRUB Act would create the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, a body whose nine members will be recommended by Congress, appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate.

“The drain of unnecessary regulations on jobs and the economy has been a constant drumbeat, and for good reason,” Donovan said. ‘Regulations cost the U.S. economy about $1.88 trillion in 2014 – a mind-numbing figure. Yes, some regulations are of course necessary. But 79,000 pages in one year? Give me a break.”

According to Donovan, the “duplicative and irrational regulations have hindered the Sandy [hurricane] recovery effort…federal rules required Build it Back to conduct lengthy environmental reviews at each lot before repairing or replacing the home that existed for years before the storm. The process wasted millions of dollars and added unnecessary, time-consuming bureaucracy while homeless storm victims waited for help.”


Donovan believes that the bipartisan commission “would target rules that are more than 15 years old, or impose significant costs on small businesses and local government. In considering regulations to repeal, the commission must determine whether a rule achieved its stated goals and whether it conflicts with existing federal, state, or local rules. Between 2,500 and 4,500 final rules get published in the Federal Register each year.”

 “The global marketplace for jobs and goods is more competitive than ever,” Donovan states. “We have to keep pace, but we can’t adapt if we’re weighted down by pointless rules. This issue comes up every year, but the status quo doesn’t change. Government can’t regulate the economy into creating jobs and boosting income – that only happens when government gets out of the way. I hope the President takes this issue seriously.”

Congressman Jason Smith (R-8th District) describes the SCRUB Act as a necessary measure in cutting down bureaucracy.

“One-hundred-and-seventy-five-thousand, two-hundred-and-sixty-five pages of federal regulations are stifling economic growth and opportunity in this country,” Smith says.

“The SCRUB Act sets up a process to…review and get off the books and out of the way many of these outdated…unnecessary regulations. A bureaucrat in Washington should not be telling a farmer in the bootheel of Missouri or a small business owner in Poplar Bluff how to run their operation.”

“With the SCRUB Act we place that power back into the hands of the people who are actually affected on a daily basis by the regulations coming out of Washington.”