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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Votes to Establish Bipartisan Commission to Study, Repeal Unnecessary Regulations

January 8, 2016
Press Release
U.S. government created 79,230 pages of new regulations in 2015 alone; estimates put total price of regulatory burden at $1.88 trillion

Washington, DC—January 8, 2016….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) last night voted to pass the SCRUB Act, which would create a bipartisan commission to review the Code of Federal Regulations and recommend repeals. The measure would establish the “Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission,” consisting of nine members recommended by Congressional leaders, appointed by the President, and confirmed by the Senate.

Congressman Donovan said, “The drain of unnecessary regulations on jobs and the economy has been a constant drumbeat, and for good reason. 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.”

Locally, duplicative and irrational regulations have hindered the Sandy recovery effort. For example, 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.

The SCRUB Act’s 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.

Donovan concluded, “The global marketplace for jobs and goods is more competitive than ever. 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.”