Government Operations, Oversight, & Consumer Affairs Committee

This committee has a broad focus on the federal government’s regulatory processes, the procedural operation of government agencies, and consumer affairs, with a specific focus on consumer products.

This committee has a broad focus on the federal government’s regulatory processes, the procedural operation of government agencies, and consumer affairs, with a specific focus on consumer products.

The committee considers such issues as regulatory process reform, proper delegation and use of statutory authority, regulatory review, and other proposals directed at taming the growth and reducing the burden of federal regulations, including regulatory flexibility, paperwork reduction, regulatory accountability, cost/benefit legislation, sound science, and data access and quality.

In addition, the committee monitors the oversight activities of Congress. The committee complements other Chamber policy committees -- deferring to the substantive expertise of others and providing another perspective on maintaining proper review processes and on ensuring that federal regulatory activities are necessary and the least burdensome alternatives for implementing federal regulations. 

Recent Activity

ReportMay 24, 2017 - 9:45am
sue and settle report, epa, consent decree, settlements, transparency, regulatory reform

Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016

"Sue and Settle Updated: Damage Done 2013-2016" updates the Chamber’s 2013 report, "Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors". The study found that EPA increased its use of sue and settle agreements under the Clean Air Act since the last report.

ReportMar 30, 2017 - 5:00am
Taming the Administrative State Report Cover

Taming the Administrative State: Identifying Regulations That Impact Jobs and the Economy

This report seeks to inform policymakers and the public about the number and type of regulations that impose the greatest impact on the business community, consumers, and ultimately the U.S. economy. 

Letters to CongressMar 29, 2017 - 11:15am

Hill Letter to House Supporting the HONEST Act and the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

Letters to CongressMar 08, 2017 - 4:45pm

Hill Letter to House Science Committee Supporting HONEST Act and EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Johnson: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act of 2017” and the “EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017.” These bills would improve the transparency and reliability of scientific and technical information that Federal agencies rely heavily upon to support new regulatory actions.

Letters to CongressMar 01, 2017 - 5:15pm

Hill Letter to Sens. Blunt and King Supporting Introduction of the Regulatory Improvement Act

Dear Senators Blunt and King: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you and the original cosponsors of the “Regulatory Improvement Act” for your leadership on regulatory reform issues. Moreover, we salute your collective efforts to ensure that regulatory reform is a bipartisan effort.

Press ReleaseFeb 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Praises Executive Order on Water Rule

Business Community Pleased to See “Federal Land Grab” Reconsidered

Letters to CongressFeb 13, 2017 - 10:30am

Hill Letter to Rep. Sinema Supporting the Regulatory Improvement Act

Dear Representative Sinema: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you and the original cosponsors of H.R. 978, the “Regulatory Improvement Act,” for your leadership on regulatory reform issues. Moreover, we salute your collective efforts to ensure that regulatory reform is a bipartisan effort.

CommentFeb 10, 2017 - 4:45pm

Request for Extension of Comments to EPA on Proposed CERCLA Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry Facilities

VIA ELECTRONIC FILINGRE: Request for 120-Day Extension of Comment Period Relating to Proposed “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry,” 82 Fed. Reg. 3,388 (Jan. 11, 2017); Docket No. EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0781; RIN 2050-AG61.

Letters to CongressFeb 06, 2017 - 5:15pm

Multi-Association Letter to Senate Supporting the Regulatory Accountability Act

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer: