By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, has signed on to legislation that aims to increase efficiency in the federal government.
According to a news release, the Unnecessary Agency Regulations Reduction Act would create a process to use a joint resolution from Congress to eliminate multiple regulations originating from federal agencies. It is intended to to modify, consolidate or repeal outdated, duplicative or unnecessary agency regulations.
Under the proposal, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs would be required every year to submit a list of outdated, duplicative or burdensome agency regulations that could be modified, consolidated or repealed.
The regulations on the list would be included in the president’s unified agenda. The list would then be transmitted to the relevant congressional committees to review. A final list of regulations and recommendations for action on them would be submitted to Congress as a joint resolution, which would be eligible for expedited consideration.
“Congress should always be looking to streamline the federal government so it is more efficient and accountable to hardworking taxpayers,” Enzi said in the release. “Wasting taxpayer dollars is unacceptable and our nation’s spending crisis makes it even more important to reduce needless and duplicative government programs.”
The legislation is led by U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, and also co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, Steve Daines, R-Montana, Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, David Perdue, R-Georgia, and Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina.