WASHINGTON – Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) today announced that seven bills have now been introduced as a result of RSC’s 2020 government reform proposal, Power, Practices, Personnel: 100+ Commonsense Solutions to Better Government. The bills, detailed below, have been introduced as a direct result of the recommendations published in the report.
“The Republican Study Committee takes seriously its call to serve as the policy shop and 'intellectual arsenal' of conservatism in the House of Representatives. We have invested 19 months in building a lengthy volume of commonsense, conservative solutions to solve our nation’s toughest problems, including government inefficiency,” Johnson said. “I am proud to see our members taking action to transform our detailed blueprint for reform into meaningful legislation that will provide Americans with a more efficient, effective, and accountable federal government. Congress owes it to the millions of Americans who fund this government to work together to get these bills passed and signed into law without delay.”
Legislation Introduced from Power, Practices, Personnel: 100+ Commonsense Solutions to Better Government
- H.R. 6128, Eliminate Agency Excess Space Act - Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC)
- Would allow for agencies to more easily sell or lease unused office space. It is estimated that this legislation would save $15 billion over five years.
- H.R. 7768, Freedom from Regulations Act - Rep Budd (R-NC)
- Would require independent agencies to follow rulemaking statute so that the rules they write are clear, transparent, and lessen the burden on the American people.
- H.R. 7949, SMART Government Act - Rep Ben Cline (R-VA)
- Would implement a three-pronged approach to establish better governance and oversight regarding Federal technology practices.
- H.R. 8006, Regulatory Scorecard Act - Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
- Would establish a scorecard to grade agencies on the economic costs of their regulations. Agencies would be reviewed and scored by Government Accountability Office over two-year period and would be required to publicly answer questions about their scorecards in hearing before the House and Senate Oversight Committees.
- H.R. 7895, Separation of Powers Act - Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)
- Would eliminate the judicial doctrine known as Chevron Deference, which requires that federal courts defer to statutory interpretations offered by federal agencies.
- H.R. 7396, Guidance Out of Darkness (GOOD) Act – Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC)
- Would promote greater regulatory transparency by increasing access to agency guidance documents.
- H.R. 8035, Modified Reg Accountability Act – Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN)
- Would require agencies to disclose data in support of a proposed regulation as part of the rule making process. Disclosure requirements would include an estimating regulatory impact on wages and jobs.