On Friday, in an effort to hasten and strengthen America’s recovery from the economic crisis driven by coronavirus lockdowns, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) launched a sweeping inquiry into government regulations and their impacts on recovery, going back to the global financial crisis of 2008.
In order to conduct this wide-ranging survey, Ranking Member Comer is writing to a long list of businesses and trade associations to “document what has worked and what hasn’t since the time of the Committee’s last initiative of this kind, which took place in 2011.”
Initial recipients of the letter include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Agricultural Retailers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Coal Council, American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, National Mining Association, and many others. The Committee will send similar letters to others in the coming days. A full list of Friday morning’s recipients can be found below.
Key excerpts from the letters:
As our Nation attempts to recover from the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to examine the impacts of regulation and regulatory reform since our last, similar shock, the Financial Crisis of 2008. We must be sure not to repeat mistakes that followed the last crisis, and we must be vigilant to continue with what has succeeded.
Possible examples, for good or for ill, abound from the time since 2008. Some are widely known; others are not. The aim is to learn not only of the obvious examples, but to assemble a comprehensive set of information rooted in real-world experiences – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
With your help, it will be possible to examine concretely the effects of the Obama Administration’s regulatory expansion and the Trump Administration’s regulatory relief initiatives, as well as to capture a sense of what regulatory developments will be most important to promote or avoid over the course of the next several years.
We are writing to you and businesses and associations like yours or your members’ because you are the ones on the front lines of regulatory impacts. As outdated or inefficient regulations and programs are lifted or improved, you or your members experience first-hand the ways in which businesses are able to provide more jobs, goods and services that benefit us all.
List of businesses and associations contacted so far:
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Alliance for Automotive Innovation
American Coal Council
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Forest and Paper Association
American Gas Association
American Petroleum Institute
Associated Builders and Contractors
Edison Electric Institute
Household and Commercial Products Association
Independent Petroleum Association of America
National Mining Association
National Restaurant Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Portland Cement Association
Associated General Contractors of America
Consumer Brands Association
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Manufacturers
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Federation of Independent Business
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
Agricultural Retailers Association
American Chemistry Council
American Coatings Association
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
American Home Furnishings Alliance
American Iron and Steel Institute
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Brick Industry Association
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
International Dairy Food Association
Metal Treating Institute
Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association
National Asphalt Pavement Association
National Association of Chain Drugstores
National Automobile Dealers Association
North American Meat Institute
Plastics Industry Association
Plumbing Manufacturers Institute
The Aluminum Association
The Fertilizer Institute
The Methanol Institute
Window and Door Manufacturers Association
American Bankers Association
Hardwood Lumber Association
National Retail Federation
This regulatory relief effort will help to chronicle and build on the already historic deregulatory actions taken by the Trump Administration to help American businesses and families by driving down costs and allowing the American economy to flourish.
Under the current administration, seven deregulatory actions have been taken for every new regulation, which has led to $50 billion in regulatory cost savings. These include:
- Providing relief to millions of farmers, ranchers, and businesses while also protecting water cleanliness by reversing the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
- Replacing the Obama administration’s harmful CAFE fuel efficiency standards for vehicles with the much improved SAFE Vehicles Rule.
- Ending the war on coal by revoking the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and replacing it with with the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule.
- Helping truck drivers by modernizing Hours of Service Rules to maintain safety and increase flexibility.
- Doing away with an onerous Obama-era rule that would have banned affordable incandescent lightbulbs.
- Restoring internet freedom by overturning burdensome net neutrality rules.
- Scaling back the expensive Affordable Care Act and expanding access to flexible, affordable alternatives like Association Health Plans and Short-Term, Limited-Duration plans.