The fact that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) supports this bill is a red flag for me. This organization’s wholesale restructuring of hundreds of local and state laws along the principles of favoritism to corporate interests makes me wonder if they are attempting to move their dangerous tactics to the national level. For those unfamiliar with ALEC, the following wiki will help clarify who and what it is:
This bill, as outlined here, will codify current CBO policy into law:
“The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) current policy of accounting a for specific. Costs of federal mandates—such as foregone business profits, costs passed onto consumers and other entities or behavioral changes —would be codified into law. Congressional committee chairmen and ranking members would be granted authority request that the CBO perform analyses comparing the authorized levels of funding in bills or resolutions with the potential loss of federal aid dollars when mandate compliance is a condition for that aid.”
I would interpret this as excessive legislative control over executive functions. I would support providing, as supportive information to the legislators considering this bill, the CBO estimates of said “costs of federal mandates” as part of the costs associated with passage of the bill which they are considering. Codifying such information into law is out of the question! Separation of powers!