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Heritage: 20 most unnecessary and harmful regulations – ways that the Fed can reduce their burden. Federalist Society: Support the REINS Act.

January 27, 2011

“In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” – James Madison 1787, Federalist No. 14.

Heritage Work of Note


We at The Heritage Foundation couldn’t agree more. Today our experts released a report on the 20 most unnecessary and harmful regulations, plus recommended solutions.

While we support President Obama’s assertion that the burden of regulations is too great, some of his arguments went too far: “I will not hesitate to create or enforce commonsense safeguards to protect the American people… It’s why we passed reform that finally prevents the health insurance industry from exploiting patients.”

In fact, the very first regulation Heritage proposes cutting is Obamacare’s individual mandate—along with the rest of the bill.

Find out the other 19 ways that the federal government can help reduce the burden of regulations.


The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act

by Jonathan Adler
Federalist Society

Last year, the REINS Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (as H.R. 3765 and S. 3826, respectively) to prevent federal agencies from implementing major regulatory initiatives without Congressional approval.  Equivalent legislation is virtually certain to be considered in the 112th Congress.  As part of their “plan to rein in the red tape factory in Washington, DC” in the “Pledge to America,” Republican congressional candidates promised to “require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more.”  The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that significant regulatory initiatives are approved by both Congress and the Executive Branch.  As explained in the “Pledge”: “If a regulation is so ‘significant’ and costly that it may harm job creation, Congress should vote on it first.”
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**Jonathan H. Adler is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. A prolific writer, he is one of the most widely cited academics in environmental law. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from the Harvard Environmental Law Review and Supreme Court Economic Review to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Professor Adler is the author or editor of three books on environmental policy, including Envi­ron­men­talism at the Crossroads (1995), and several book chapters. A regular commentator on environmental and legal issues, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the PBS “Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity & Colmes,” and Entertainment Tonight. Professor Adler is a contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to the popular legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy”.  Professor Adler teaches courses in environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law. In 2004, Professor Adler received the Paul M. Bator Award, given annually by the Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies to an academic under 40 for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and commitment to students. In 2007, the Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association awarded Professor Adler their annual “Distinguished Teacher Award.” Professor Adler serves on the advisory board of the NFIB Legal Foundation, the academic advisory board of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and the Environmental Law Reporter and ELI Press Advisory Board of the Environmental Law Institute.  Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western, Professor Adler clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1991 to 2000, Professor Adler worked at the Compe­ti­tive Enterprise Institute, a free market research and advocacy group in Washington, D.C., where he directed CEI’s envi­ron­mental studies program. He holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and a J.D. summa cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.

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