The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
This is a small business bill in name only. The proof is that the bill will end up delaying or blocking rules that don’t have any direct impact on small businesses, such as Wall Street reforms that affect only the mega banks. The measure would let corporate lobbyists drag the government into court to kill regulations if they can dream up some “indirect effect” or “revenue effect” that the government didn’t consider. It’s not hard to imagine most new standards and safeguards getting trapped in legal limbo – which is exactly what big business wants. CSS is urging Congress to oppose it.
The Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act
This bill would require federal agencies to alert businesses when they are considering drafting a rule and solicit their feedback – before the public even learns there may be a rule under consideration. Businesses could block even a hypothetical future rule, and the public would never be the wiser. Industry interests don’t need special access to government regulators, the coalition maintains, yet this bill would codify that access into law. CSS is urging Congress to oppose it.
The Regulatory Accountability Act
The bill threatens our nation’s environmental, public health, workplace safety, and consumer financial security protections by adding dozens of legal and procedural hurdles that would override popular laws like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. CSS is urging Congress to oppose it.