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house Bill H.R. 3256

Should Each New Regulation be Offset by the Repeal of an Existing Regulation?

Argument in favor

The American economy is burdened by excessive government oversight that hurts businesses and consumers. Federal agencies should be required to eliminate an existing regulation to mitigate the impact of each new regulation.

Shipwreckpep's Opinion
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11/19/2016
The problem with the left and the right is that both sides right stupid laws to make things the way they want it to be without realizing the consequences of what happens when the "other side" takes over, especially at the federal level. Libertarianism is the only way forward to let individual communities decide what's good for them. All the federal government needs to do, is to stick to the constitution. Anything beyond that, should be decided by states. If you want to live in a gun free hippie utopia, move to California. If you want to live in an ultra conservative high moral society move to Utah. There are plenty of choices out there, stop trying to enforce your beliefs or lack thereof on an entire nation. Live, and let live!
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Loraki's Opinion
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11/19/2016
Yes! In fact, I think you should repeal TEN regulations for every new one! Americans are being regulated "to death"! The best move of all that Congress could make would be to abolish several federal agencies! SHRINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! Other steps Congress needs to take: 1. PAY DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT! 2. RESTORE THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! 3. QUIT USURPING POWER THAT BELONGS TO THE STATES! 4. RE-ESTABLISH THE RULE OF LAW! 5. QUIT PASSING LAWS THAT IGNORE OUR BILL OF RIGHTS!
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Mart's Opinion
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11/19/2016
How about 1-5? The problem with most regulations is that they are written not to protect consumers, but to prevent new competitors to established corporations. That's why they are written by lobbyists, lawyers or representatives of the very corporations they are meant to "regulate."
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Requiring federal agencies to repeal at least one existing regulation for every new one is crazy. It could either lead to the repeal of rules that play a crucial role in protecting people and the environment or grind rulemaking to a standstill.

K michael's Opinion
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11/19/2016
Over simplification. Old regulations should be reviewed from time to time but this is a preschool style solution.
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ericakriner's Opinion
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11/19/2016
We have regulations for a reason. While some might be outdated or could use reworking, a rule such as this one is arbitrary and creates complications where there should be none. It is entirely possible to streamline the system without resorting to these archaic and contrived measures.
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Rria's Opinion
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11/19/2016
That's one of the most ridiculous things I've heard this week - and given this week, that's saying something! Consider each item on its own merits like grown ups, please.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedJuly 28th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 3256?

This bill — known as the One In, One Out Act — would prohibit federal agencies from issuing a new regulations  unless they repeal at least one existing regulation that’s related to the new regulation.

It would also require that each new “major rule” — which is a regulation that is expected to cost the economy more than $100 million per year through higher prices — must be offset by the repeal of at least one existing regulation that has a cost exceeding the new regulation’s cost to the economy.

Impact

People and businesses affected by federal regulations; and federal regulators.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3256

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced this bill, which he said was modeled on similar policies implemented in the United Kingdom and Canada, to neutralize the economic impact of new regulations:

“Over the last decade, close to 40,000 new regulations have been issued by the federal government but very few are ever repealed. Small businesses often bear the brunt of the regulatory onslaught, making it harder for our economy to recover and for businesses to hire. The U.S. can learn from our friends in the U.K. and Canada which have adopted success policies to reduce the economic effect of regulations. The One In, One Out Act will force agencies like the EPA to make tough choices when considering new regulatory burdens on businesses.”

This legislation has the support of eight cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


Of Note: According to the George Washington Regulatory Studies Center, the number of “major rules” published in a year exceeded 100 for the first time in 2008, the final year of George W. Bush’s administration (although 2000, Clinton’s final year, and Obama’s second in 2010 came close).


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Casey Deshong / Creative Commons)

AKA

One In, One Out Act

Official Title

To require each agency to repeal or revise 1 or more existing regulations before issuing a new regulation, and for other purposes.

    The problem with the left and the right is that both sides right stupid laws to make things the way they want it to be without realizing the consequences of what happens when the "other side" takes over, especially at the federal level. Libertarianism is the only way forward to let individual communities decide what's good for them. All the federal government needs to do, is to stick to the constitution. Anything beyond that, should be decided by states. If you want to live in a gun free hippie utopia, move to California. If you want to live in an ultra conservative high moral society move to Utah. There are plenty of choices out there, stop trying to enforce your beliefs or lack thereof on an entire nation. Live, and let live!
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    Over simplification. Old regulations should be reviewed from time to time but this is a preschool style solution.
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    We have regulations for a reason. While some might be outdated or could use reworking, a rule such as this one is arbitrary and creates complications where there should be none. It is entirely possible to streamline the system without resorting to these archaic and contrived measures.
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    That's one of the most ridiculous things I've heard this week - and given this week, that's saying something! Consider each item on its own merits like grown ups, please.
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    This idea treats all regulations the same, which they are not. Regulations should be removed (and added!) based on data. Not because politicians dislike the non-specific specter of the word "regulations."
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    Regulations don't exist in a vacuum. If a particular regulation is arbitrary, has a negative impact, or needs to be changed, it should be altered or repealed for that reason, not because of a nebulous belief that there are "too many regulations."
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    This is working very well in Canada from what I have read, however the law there won't allow cuts to protections for health, safety or the environment. If this revision was made for this bill, I would support it.
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    Yes! In fact, I think you should repeal TEN regulations for every new one! Americans are being regulated "to death"! The best move of all that Congress could make would be to abolish several federal agencies! SHRINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! Other steps Congress needs to take: 1. PAY DOWN THE NATIONAL DEBT! 2. RESTORE THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! 3. QUIT USURPING POWER THAT BELONGS TO THE STATES! 4. RE-ESTABLISH THE RULE OF LAW! 5. QUIT PASSING LAWS THAT IGNORE OUR BILL OF RIGHTS!
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    Regulations are important! People and corporations do not automatically do what's right. Certainly outdated regulations should be fixed and contradictory regulations should be reconciled, but you can't arbitrarily say for every new the two have to be repealed.
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    Deregulating merely to introduce new regulations is ridiculous. Regulations should be phased out only when the reasons for their introduction can be proven to be unneeded. Regulations should not be capped arbitrarily.
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    How about 1-5? The problem with most regulations is that they are written not to protect consumers, but to prevent new competitors to established corporations. That's why they are written by lobbyists, lawyers or representatives of the very corporations they are meant to "regulate."
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    Regulations are put in place for a reason. If the regulation is outdated and no longer performs as intended, it should be repealed and/or replaced with an updated regulation. The government has a tendency not to review old regulations or laws.
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    Each regulation is brought forth for a reason. Some are proven to work well, some not so much. I'm for evaluating and cutting regulations that no longer serve the greater good, but not to arbitrarily impose oversimplified tit-for-tat playground politics into government.
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    What is this, a 3rd grade social studies class. I can't believe a bill is presented as a tit for tat. Freaking republicans
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    This seems too dumbed down and open to be abused. Reasonableness should be used instead.
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    Our government has gotten so out of hand with too many regulations. Enough is enough.
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    Each regulation should stand on its own merit and looked at separately.
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    Regulation repeal should be solely based on the merit of the regulation not the quantity of all regulations
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    What are we all fucking idiots now?
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    For sure, this government is way too intrusive in the lives of the people. We have turned into your typical European Country where you live with the governments boot on your neck. My grandparents came to America to escape that kind of over regulated intrusive lifestyle. The purpose of the government is to protect its people. Not to provide schooling, take over private sector business and regulate are lives to death. Oh, and by the way, speaking of death, they should not be robbing the inheritance of its citizens through taxation, inheritance tax!! Sinful and WRONG!!
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