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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

Barr Votes to Rein In Unaccountable Government

Aug 2, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Barr today released the following after the House passed H.R. 367, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act which included an amendment Barr cosponsored:

“The Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act is a critical tool in the battle against job-destroying overregulation,” said Congressman Barr.  “For too long, Congress has delegated away its legislative powers, leaving federal agencies to enact regulations at great costs to the American people with little oversight.  The REINS Act will hold Congress responsible for the laws it writes, restoring accountability in the regulatory process that hurts Kentucky’s families and small business owners, and leads to higher prices for consumers, fewer jobs for workers, and weakened American competitiveness.”

“I was delighted to work with my colleague Andy Barr on our common-sense amendment to the REINS Act,” said Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee.  “Our amendment will help protect small businesses in Kentucky and across our nation from an onslaught of burdensome rules by Washington bureaucrats that ignore the real-world impact they have on jobs.”

Barr continued, “The adoption of the Sessions/Barr jobs amendment requires the agency drafting a Federal rule to include a job-impact assessment in the proposal’s cost-benefit analysis.  This will show how many jobs will be created, or more realistically, how many jobs the proposed regulation will destroy.  It will also reveal whether these job losses or new jobs are in the private or public sector.”

Click here to watch and read the full transcript of Congressman Barr’s floor speech regarding the REINS Act.