GOP lawmaker pushes bill to reduce federal regulations

Originally introduced in September 2011, the Regulatory Sunset and Review Act had 24 Republican co-sponsors in the last Congress, but it died in committee. 

Hultgren is determined to avoid that fate this time around. He plans to begin a hard push for the legislation at the end of April, when the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda is due.

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Right now, Hultgren said he is focused on gaining bipartisan support from his colleagues and congressional leadership.

The legislation currently has four co-sponsors: Reps. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ariz.), Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettManufacturers support Reed to helm Ex-Im Bank Trump taps nominee to lead Export-Import Bank Who has the edge for 2018: Republicans or Democrats? MORE (R-N.J.), Reid RibbleReid James RibbleSetting the record straight about No Labels With Trump, conservatives hope for ally in 'War on Christmas' GOP rushes to embrace Trump MORE (R-Wis.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).

Hultgren said his bill would enhance the administration’s review process for regulations to open up comment and suggestions for review to the public, Congress and the agencies themselves. 

The legislation has been sent to both the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Judiciary Committee. Hultgren said he plans to appeal to the chairmen of both committees  — Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteHouse GOP probe into FBI, DOJ comes to an end Murkowski to reintroduce bill to help abused Native American women FBI hits GOP chairman over push to clear sensitive transcripts by Christmas Eve MORE (R-Va.), respectively —  to move forward with the bill.