Small Business Applauds Action on Midnight Regulations Bill

Date: March 01, 2016

NFIB urges bipartisan support for bill blocking last-minute regulations

For Immediate Release
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Washington,
DC (March 1, 2016)
– The National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
today urged House leadership to
fast-track a bill blocking the Executive Branch from finalizing costly business
regulations after Election Day.

“Small
businesses are typically an afterthought when bureaucrats are rushing to
finalize new rules and regulations,” said NFIB
Vice President of Public Policy Amanda Austin
. “We’re grateful that House
Oversight is thinking ahead to later this year. For a small business owner, the
normal flow of rules is already like drinking from a firehose. Midnight
regulations threaten to drown them in a sea of poorly written red tape.”

The
measure, H.R. 4612, introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), was marked up today
by the House Oversight Committee.  It would
place a moratorium on the finalization of new regulations during “lame-duck,”
the period of time between Election Day and the arrival of a new
administration.

“That’s
the witching hour for the regulated community,” said Austin.  “The twilight of an administration is often
when agencies try to slip through costly new rules without much time for
comment or analysis.”

Companion legislation, S. 2582, was introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst
(R-IA) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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