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House Approves AFS-Supported Bill to Modernize Federal Rulemaking Process

January 23, 2015

Legislation designed to reform the government’s process for analyzing and formulating new regulations and guidance documents passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 250-175 this month.

Specifically, the measure, the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 185), would require the most costly rules to undergo more stringent agency analysis, increase public participation in shaping the most costly regulations before they are proposed, and require that agencies choose the least costly option, unless they can demonstrate that public health, safety or welfare requires a more costly requirement.

AFS signed onto a coalition letter to the entire House of Representatives endorsing the measure along with over 165 business organizations. AFS supports this measure as regulatory burdens place a tremendous strain on metalcasting facilities and hinder growth, hiring and investment, particularly when poorly written regulations must be corrected through litigation. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.