Week ahead: Reg advocates hitting back at GOP agenda

Regulatory advocates are firing back at Republicans' proposed plans to roll back agencies' powers.

Public Citizen and the Coalition of Sensible Safeguards are hosting a congressional briefing Tuesday to discuss regulatory challenges. Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE (D-Mass.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseThe DNC's climate problems run deep The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE (D-R.I.) are expected to speak.

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Though the event was scheduled before House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection MORE (R-Wis.) unveiled the GOP's agenda calling for major regulatory reforms on June 14, Public Citizen says it’s happy to have an opportunity to respond.  

“Clearly we have a different viewpoint,” said Amit Narang, the group’s regulatory policy advocate. 

Ryan’s plan would eliminate costly and outdated regulations and give lawmakers more authority to reject controversial rules from agencies.

At the event, Public Citizen also said it plans to release a report on delays for regulation.

In analyzing rules from the Unified Agenda over the last 20 years, the group said it found that the largest and most protective rules experience the most delays and that public health and safety agencies experience greater delays than other agencies.

The report aims to give a baseline for regulatory timelines and show how much longer the process would take if Republicans' regulatory reforms are enacted.

The event's panel, which includes AFL-CIO Director of Safety and Health Peg Seminario and the Consumer Federation of America’s Legislative Director Rachel Weintraub, will review the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda and discuss what worked and what didn’t. 

Narang said the goal is to point out lessons for the next administration.  

In other news, a Senate Environmental and Public Works subcommittee on regulations will hold an oversight hearing Wednesday for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). http://1.usa.gov/28WlXw9

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee will examine new rules from the Department of Education that stem from the Every Student Succeeds Act. http://1.usa.gov/28UXh7U

On Thursday, a Senate regulatory affairs subcommittee will examine the use of guidance documents by federal agencies to enforce unwritten rules during a hearing. http://1.usa.gov/28UXfNm

 

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