U.S. Justice Department urges Congress to revise key law for setting regulatory policy
Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen said on 11th August, that the DoJ wanted to work with Congress to make the 1946 APA suitable to the modern climate, stating the law, “no longer reflects how the regulatory process actually works.” Rosen wants Congress to codify existing practices into law, adopt new transparency measures and take steps to ensure and improve the economic efficiency of these regulations. In its report on 11th August, the DoJ argues that the need for reform was urgent as the regulatory state has grown ever larger.
The DoJ estimates the aggregate cost of federal regulations to fall between $1.75 and $2 trillion per year.
The WHOIRA Administrator said in a statement that the report will definitely aid in the dialogue “about how to make the American administrative system less burdensome.”
It is unlikely that Congress will reform the regulatory process before the presidential election on November 3rd. Rosen at a summit in December noted that between 1995 and 2017, agencies issued 92000 rules, compared to the 4400 new laws by congress, as Rosen puts it,” In short, for decades, every administration has recognized that we need a better regulatory process.”
Donald Trump made deregulation a key point of his agenda, putting up the argument that it boosts economic growth, while many say he hasn't done enough for health, safety and the environment. Democrats have strongly opposed the rollback of regulations under the Trump administration. In some cases, courts have stopped Trump's actions for not following the requirements in the APA.
In June, the Supreme Court blocked Trump's attempt to end a program that protects from deportation of thousands of immigrants. The administration's actions, the judges ruled, were ‘arbitrary and capricious’ under the APA.
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