Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator __________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge the senator to reject both H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act, and H.R. 26, the REINS Act. The SCRUB Act tasks an unelected commission, highly susceptible to corporate lobbying, with killing regulations that protect our health, our safety, our air and water and food. Meanwhile, the REINS Act would subject every new regulation to congressional review -- by the same sorts of Republican congressmen who deny climate change and reject science on a regular basis. Both these measures would limit the ability of executive-branch agencies to do their jobs, and open the door to meddling by big business. Please do everything you can to stop these bills from becoming law. Thank you!
The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act is an attempt by some Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration to undermine the federal regulatory apparatus. The Act would create an unelected Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, tasked with reducing the cumulative cost of regulation by 15 percent, while only “minimally reducing the overall effectiveness of such regulation.” The Commission would be empowered to recommend repealing any regulation; such a recommendation would trigger a vote in Congress. The act also includes a provision that would require agencies to offset the cost of any new rule by eliminating regulations already in place. The bill has passed the House, and will be voted on in the Senate soon.
Meanwhile, the REINS Act, which was introduced in each of the last three congresses, awaits a Senate vote once again after passing the House in January. The bill would require that any future major regulation adopted by an executive agency be approved by each House of Congress within 70 days, or else it can't take effect. Of course, Republicans dislike regulations in general -- witness their headlong rush this winter to undo rules implemented during the last months of the Obama era under the Congressional Review Act. The REINS Act would allow Republicans to block new regulations put forward by any president, of either party, as long as they have access to the filibuster. Additionally, while most executive-branch regulations spring from the work of scientists, doctors, economists and other experts in their fields, the REINS Act would subject those rules to the ideological blinders and political whims of congressmen who lack the technical competence to review them in a way that might inspire public confidence.