House Passes Mitchell Cosponsored REINS Act

January 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10) released the following statement today after passage of the REINS Act: 

“I spent my career in business, so I know firsthand how federal over-regulation hurts business, makes it harder to create good jobs, and stifles economic growth.  Cost estimates of federal regulations totaled $1.88 trillion in 2015, which is $15,000 per U.S. household,” said Congressman Mitchell.

“I am proud to have cosponsored and voted for the REINS Act. This was a major step toward reigning in federal overreach and preventing unelected bureaucrats from making decisions that impact families and businesses.

Voters should have a say in major regulations that will impact them.  This legislation guarantees accountability will fall to their elected representatives in Congress.”

Currently, federal agencies have the ability to make rules without the consent of Congress.  In 2016, federal agencies issued over 3,800 new rules, including over 60 major rules that result in an economic impact of $100 million or more.  The REINS Act would require federal agencies to submit major rules to Congress for approval. 

The REINS Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 237-187.