WASHINGTON – Senator
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Representative Victoria Spartz (IN-05) and 16 colleagues
to send a letter to President Biden urging him to prohibit a practice known as
tactics place special interest priorities above the public interest by allowing
activist agencies to circumvent the public rulemaking process through “friendly
lawsuits” and settlements, undermining the Administrative Procedure Act and
costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
years prior to the Trump administration, pro-regulation activists have colluded
with complicit federal agencies to short circuit our transparent rule making
process and force new policy without any public input. The Biden administration
should build upon the work of the Trump administration to once and for all put
a stop to this abusive practice," Sen. Grassley said.
must provide proper legislative oversight of the executive branch to ensure
transparency and accountability,” said Rep. Spartz. “Congress is the
only branch which should be producing laws. All rulemaking processes must be
conducted under the Administrative Procedures Act and have proper regulatory
to the American Action Forum, from 2005 to 2016, twenty-three sue and settle
regulations resulted in a cost burden of $67.9 billion, with $26 billion in
annual costs. Sixteen of the rules impose paperwork burdens on American jobs
creators of more than eight million hours.
addition to the letter issued to President Biden, Rep. Spartz and Sen. Grassley
are also working to address this issue legislatively.
letter sent to President Biden is available HERE