House Passes Mitchell Legislation, H.R. 1009 OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Paul Mitchell (MI-10), H.R. 1009 OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act. H.R. 1009 would strengthen congressional accountability over the regulatory process by putting the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) into statute. Representative Mitchell issued the following statement after the bipartisan House vote to pass H.R. 1009:
“I have spoken with countless families, mom and pop shop owners, and small and medium sized business owners throughout our district who have told me that excessive regulation makes it harder for them to succeed. I am proud to say that I’ve kept my commitment to delivering regulatory relief, and done so in my first 100 days.
This legislation codifies OIRA, the office with the important role of making sure regulations are vetted, thoughtful, and well designed. The bill would ensure the longevity of OIRA and affirm congressional accountability in the regulatory process.
I urge the Senate to take up this important legislation.”
On Tuesday, Rep. Mitchell spoke at the House Republican Leadership Press Conference about H.R. 1009. View his remarks here.
About H.R. 1009:
- Outlines OIRA’s responsibilities in statute, ensuring its continued existence.
- Places OIRA under congressional oversight and reaffirms congressional authority over the regulatory process.
- Requires a written report on proposed regulation to ensure transparency in the regulatory process.
- Requires a retrospective review of past regulation to eliminate outdated regulation.
- Passed the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 14, 2017.
- Passed the House of Representatives by 241-184.
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 created the OIRA within the Office of Management and Budget. In 1981, President Reagan used an executive order to give OIRA the responsibility to review agency regulatory actions before finalization. President Clinton issued an executive order in 1993 that outlines the process under which OIRA currently reviews regulations.
OIRA has the responsibility of reviewing “significant” rules, rules having an impact of $100 million or more on the economy, and does a cost-benefit analysis on agency proposals. However, OIRA does not review rules unless an agency proactively submits them for review and currently allows agencies to determine themselves whether their rule is considered significant.