Multi-Industry Letter on the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 8:00pm

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:

The undersigned groups strongly urge you to support S. 1029, the “Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013.” We applaud sponsor Sen. Rob Portman and cosponsors Sens. Mark Pryor, Susan Collins, Bill Nelson, John Cornyn, Joe Manchin, Kelly Ayotte, Angus King and Mike Johanns for their strong leadership on this important issue. This bipartisan legislation would enhance and improve the quality of the federal rulemaking process.

Our regulatory process has not been updated in more than six decades, and as a result we are seeing a rising number of massive, costly rules that breed uncertainty, drive up costs, and stifle hiring and investment. This legislation, which would modernize the 66-year old Administrative Procedure Act, would improve the process by which federal agencies promulgate regulations to improve accountability and the integrity of the rulemaking process.

Small and large businesses alike consistently cite growing regulatory burdens and the uncertainty that occurs when badly-written regulations must be corrected through years of litigation as the most significant obstacles to new hiring.

This bill would address these serious issues in a reasonable, measured way. The legislation would not prevent federal agencies from issuing regulations or accomplishing their objectives. Rather, the legislation would ensure that federal regulators base their regulatory decisions on solid information, ensure that the regulatory process is more transparent, and hold agencies more accountable to the public.

We strongly support the Regulatory Accountability Act and urge you to pass this important legislation.

Sincerely,

60 Plus Association
Academy of General Dentistry
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
American Architectural Manufacturers Association
American Bakers Association
American Boat Builders & Repairers Association
American Coatings Association
American Composites Manufacturers Association
American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Feed Industry Association
American Forest & Paper Association
American Foundry Society
American Highway Users Alliance
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Iron and Steel Institute
American Rental Association
American Supply Association
AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. – Pelican Chapter (LA)
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated Oregon Industries
Associated Wire Rope Fabricators
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Can Manufacturers Institute
Construction Industry Round Table
Consumer Electronics Association
Corn Refiners Association
CTIA – The Wireless Association
Edison Electric Institute
Electronic Security Association
Far West Equipment Dealers Association
Financial Services Roundtable
Flexible Packaging Association
Forging Industry Association
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International
INDA – Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
Independent Electrical Contractors
Indiana Manufacturers Association
Industrial Energy Consumers of America
Industrial Fasteners Institute
Industrial Minerals Association – North America
International Sign Association
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Irrigation Association
ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Metal Service Center Institute
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
National Association of Electrical Distributors
National Association of Federal Credit Unions
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Club Association
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Die Casting Association
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Federation of Independent Business
National Grain and Feed Association
National Industrial Sand Association
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
National Mining Association
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
National Tooling and Machining Association
National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
Portland Cement Association
Precision Machined Products Association
Precision Metalforming Association
Professional Landcare Network
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association
Shipbuilders Council of America
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates
South Carolina Timber Producers Association
SouthWestern Equipment Dealers Association
Textile Rental Services Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Window & Door Manufacturers Association
Wisconsin Grocers Association
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce