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house Bill H.R. 50

Should Federal Agencies Have To Consider The Cost Before Creating Mandates?

Argument in favor

Federal agencies run on taxpayer money and American business’s money. They need to prove that their actions are in the best interest of both.

CGF2213's Opinion
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02/10/2015
YES Must consider Costs and MUST READ ENTIRE BILL from front to back by ALL who are involved!! so we dont have a HUGE Disaster such as the Failed Obamacare
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Tommy's Opinion
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02/10/2015
Congress should set government policies, with input from the business sector, but not from lobbyist that contribute to campaign finance.
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Edd's Opinion
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02/10/2015
The fiscal impact of any federal action must be fully vetted prior to enactment.
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Argument opposed

With all its demand for “assessment of economic impact,” this bill allows federal regulators to let big business dictate federal policy. Plus, it’s not like subjecting federal agencies to even more paperwork is exactly fighting government bureaucracy.

helmsworth's Opinion
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03/08/2015
While it's being billed as a "commonsense" reform, this is actually just another way to keep Federal agencies from doing their jobs. They shouldn't be spending their time worrying about if their actions are favorable to business. They should be worried about what's best for the American people. If it's supporters were so worried about "big government" and "bureaucracy", why would they create more paperwork?
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RedPandaInSpace's Opinion
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08/06/2016
The common sense good governance being pushed by this regulation should not require regulation for implementation.
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Paul's Opinion
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01/26/2017
The people must come first, however, this legislation should distinguish between government spending and economic impact of the private sector. If manufacturers are dumping toxic waste into our drinking water and a federal mandate forces them to dispose of waste responsibly, manufacturers shouldn't be able to pushback based on the cost burden. However, if a mandate requires the government to subsidize the growing of corn, we should know how much this will cost the taxpayers, while outlining the benefits the mandate offers.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed February 4th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 250 Yea / 173 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Rules
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015

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    While it's being billed as a "commonsense" reform, this is actually just another way to keep Federal agencies from doing their jobs. They shouldn't be spending their time worrying about if their actions are favorable to business. They should be worried about what's best for the American people. If it's supporters were so worried about "big government" and "bureaucracy", why would they create more paperwork?
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    YES Must consider Costs and MUST READ ENTIRE BILL from front to back by ALL who are involved!! so we dont have a HUGE Disaster such as the Failed Obamacare
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    Yes! Federal agencies should have to consider the costs of a mandate before making it - of course! This is part of the reason we now have a national debt of $20 trillion! Another problem is that federal agencies have become a 4th branch of government. They have a life of their own. I surely hope president Trump can reduce the size of government and make it more conducive to keeping businesses in the US. The only way out of this huge debt hole is to grow the economy. Yes, as well as STOPPING THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING!
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    The fiscal impact of any federal action must be fully vetted prior to enactment.
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    Congress should set government policies, with input from the business sector, but not from lobbyist that contribute to campaign finance.
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    The common sense good governance being pushed by this regulation should not require regulation for implementation.
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    This is a no brainer!
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    You have to know where the money is coming from before you approve an expense. That's the only way to go.
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    A big YES! We should know the projected cost of any future mandates. Since these mandates affect businesses, its only fair to get their feedback BEFORE implementing them.
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    We need affordable health care not walls!
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    Implementation of programs and mandates including costs should always be considered in legislative decisions.
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    Yes, cost and a while host of issues need to be considered before changes are implemented. Sweeping changes just for the sake of change, or petty revenge, is simply irresponsible.
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    Transparency seems to be the opposite of what is happening now.
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    Transparency is essential to trust. Democracy is built on trust.
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    That is only good accounting sense!
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    Let the people decide
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    Some of the Mandates have things added to it and loop holes that give them the right to spend more money than they should and that they don't need
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    Too often legislation is passed with the best interest of the people in mind, but with little regard to the how behind finding programs.States are punished with the passing of such bills with the removal of other sources of income for other programs when they fail to comply. If the programs are ultimately so important, representatives need to identify a way to fund the programs, or else it's just a paper shell and a burden on the states.
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    Understanding the impacts of decisions at the top is essential to good decision making. Agree on the facts before discussing the merits.
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