Thursday, 15 January 2015
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
The National Federation of Independent Business has thrown its support behind two bills introduced into the new 114th Congress.
The first, H.R. 30, passed by a 252-172 vote in the House of Representatives. H.R. 30 would repeal the provision of the Affordable Care Act defining full-time employment as 30 hours—the threshold at which businesses are to begin offering health care coverage.
The second, H.R. 185 is designed to increase public participation in shaping regulations before government agencies propose them, according to the NFIB. It requires agencies to choose the least costly regulatory options unless they can prove that more expensive measures will protect public health, safety or welfare, and provides for on-the-record administrative hearings on proposed regulations to ensure that data are well-tested and well-reviewed.
Read more about NFIB’s support here.
Monday, 5 January 2015
NFIB announced their support for H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act, which was reintroduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6). The legislation would help ensure that federal agencies produce sensible regulations by increasing public participation and creating greater transparency in the rule making process.
Dan Bosch, NFIB Manager of Regulatory Policy noted, “Small business owners support this regulatory reform legislation because it requires agencies to estimate both the direct and indirect cost of regulations on the economy. Since regulations disproportionately impact small companies, allowing the public to see the entire impact of a rule is critical to add transparency to the rulemaking process.”
Read more about the legislation here.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
The Washington Examiner reported that the Administration issued 3,541 rules and regulations in 2014, while only 129 laws were signed into action, according to calculations by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). That means there were 27 new regulations and rules for ever new law last year -an alarming number for small businesses across the country.
CEI’s Vice President Clyde Wayne Crews added, “That’s not even counting the pen and phone and other regulatory dark matter that are rising in prominence like bulletins, guidance documents, blog posts and press conferences that amount to ‘law’ in their own right,”
Read the entire article here.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
Obama in January declared his intent to use executive power to enact policy changes without Congress, and he has lived up to his promise, making aggressive moves on climate change, immigration, land protections and the minimum wage. At the end of 2014, the Administration rushed to use executive authority on environmental rules, immigration, and foreign affairs to enact controversial policy. And the Administration is showing no signs of slowing up.
To read more about the Administration’s 2015 agenda, click here.
Monday, 15 December 2014
According to data from Reguatlions.gov, the Administration published more than 1,200 new regulations in the last 15 days of 2014. One of the most contentious new regulations is the EPA’s coal ash rule. The rule has been criticized by the coal industry and environmental groups — though for entirely different reasons — and has a price tag of up to $20.3 billion.
Read more about the regulations here.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
This week, The Hill published an opinion editorial by Jerry Ellig and Richard Williams of the Mercatus Center on regulatory reform. The piece emphasized the need for retrospective reviews to create a stronger, more efficient federal regulatory process.
According to the op-ed, “Our current regulatory system continues to produce ineffective and expensive rules, because we’ve failed to tackle the core cause of poor regulations. Our end goal is solving more problems at a lower cost, and this can be achieved through methodical analysis and transparent decision making. With a foundation of statutory analysis standards for all regulators, we can build a better regulatory system.”
Read the entire op-ed here.
Thursday, 4 December 2014
NFIB’s November Small Business Optimism Index, which surveyed over 350,000 small businesses across the country, found that optimism among small business owners has grown to its highest level since 2007. This increase far exceeded expectations set by October’s survey.
According to NFIB, “the November elections clearly had no impact on hiring and spending plans though expectations for better business conditions in six months improved, likely a response to Black Friday or Small Business Saturday results.”
Read more about the survey here.
Monday, 1 December 2014
The Las Vegas Review Journal published an editorial this week about the lack of transparency in the Obama Administration, highlighting the delayed release of the fall 2014 Unified Agenda as evidence of this problem. The Unified Agenda, which is legally required to be released twice a year, is the roadmap of the highest-priority rules for the federal agencies in the coming year. The Administration quietly released this important, and often controversial, document the Friday before Thanksgiving.
Sadly, this is not the first time the Administration has released the regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday. In fact, it’s become the norm. The spring 2014 regulatory agenda was released right before Memorial Day and in Fall 2013, the report was released the Friday before Christmas.
According to the editorial board, “Federal overreach like this proves, once again, that our government is too big, too powerful and too expensive. It’s no wonder they don’t want us knowing what they’re up to.”
Read the entire editorial here.
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at NFIB, was quoted in an article in The Hill about the upcoming regulations to watch in the New Year. Bosch gave his expertise and analyzed the political climate surrounding the more controversial regulations that will be considered in the upcoming year.
In the piece, Bosch highlights the political strategies with these rules, noting “The challenge for Republicans is President Obama would have to sign a resolution disapproving of the rule his own agency put out,” which is unlikely.
Read the entire article here.
On Tuesday. the House passed H.R. 1422, which would change the process of selecting the members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. The legislation is meant to ensure greater transparency in the rule-making process.
The bill would require, among other provisions, to have local and state member make up at least ten percent of the board, meant to create greater trust between state and federal officials.
According to to Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah), “It’s through this bill we can not only improve that process, but also restore trust between the American people and the federal government.”
Read more about the legislation here.