The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.
This new study from the U.S. Chamber, The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States, describes how the relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states has devolved into a system where states are forced to implement more and more federal environmental programs with progressively less money from federal sources. If EPA continues on this path, it could force a collapse of co-operative federalism which would be a disaster for the administration of environmental law.
The report unveils new research on federal-to-state funding levels, identifies prime examples of recent regulations stressing state environmental agencies, and offers specific recommendations to Congress that will preserve federal/state cooperation.
"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process. The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties. These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.
From Maine to California, Industry Groups and Chambers of Commerce Ask Senate Leadership to Take Up the Regulatory Accountability Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a letter sent last night to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a broad cross-section of America’s business community urged the lawmakers to take up and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA).
Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:
The undersigned 616 groups from each of the 50 states strongly urge you to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), to be introduced by Senator Portman. The RAA recently passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 238-183, and now we urge you to do the same. We believe that federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while implementing congressional intent.
Congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Given the focus of President Trump and his administration on eliminating and controlling excessive regulations, the organizations below wish to bring to your attention a particularly egregious case of regulatory overreach advanced in the final days of the prior administration, which many of the undersigned groups raised during the notice and comment process.
Dear Senators Gardner and Coons and Representatives Kinzinger and Welch:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce commends the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017, which would improve energy efficiency within the federal government and reduce spending through the usage of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs).
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