U.S. Chamber Staff


February 07, 2017


On Monday night, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter along with 616 groups to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding action on the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2017:

Now is the time for Congress to reclaim its constitutional legislative authority by ensuring agencies implement congressional intent, not the intent of the agency. With both the new presidential administration and the U.S. House of Representatives agreeing on the urgent need for regulatory reform, the Senate is presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass much-needed modernization of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), whose rulemaking provisions have remained virtually unchanged since it was enacted in 1946.

The Senate has a unique chance to bring real structural reform to the way agencies adopt the most costly rules that fundamentally change our nation.

RAA would ensure that our regulatory environment is stabilized with a long term solution instead of a short term fix. By designing a process that achieves the maximum public benefit through the implementation of the most cost-effective rules, the executive branch would have a framework of accountability to pursue rules that actually make sense and avoid rules that one president's administration may think is right and another may think is wrong.

The legislative and executive branches have a unique opportunity to accomplish regulatory reform once and for all.

Here's the full list of organizations who have signed on to the letter:

60 Plus Association

Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Aerospace Industries Association

African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ

AGC Michigan

AGC Nebraska Chapter

Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota

Agricultural Council of Arkansas

Agricultural Retailers Association

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Alabama Forestry Association

Alabama Grocers Association

Alaska Chamber

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Aluminum Association

Ambos Nogales Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

American Agri-Women

American Architectural Manufacturers Association

American Bakers Association

American Beverage Association

American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute

American Composites Manufacturers Association

American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association

American Council of Engineering Companies

American Exploration & Mining Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Feed Industry Association

American Financial Services Association

American Forest & Paper Association

American Foundry Society

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

American Highway Users Alliance

American Loggers Council

American Public Gas Association

American Public Power Association

American Rental Association

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

American Subcontractors Association, Inc.

American Sugarbeet Growers Association

American Supply Association

American Trucking Associations'

American Wood Council (AWC)

Ames Chamber of Commerce

Amherst County (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce

AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce

Ardmore Chamber of Commerce

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Arizona Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America

Arizona Manufacturers Council

Arizona Mining Association

Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/ Associated Industries of Arkansas

Artesia Chamber of Commerce

Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana, Inc.

Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association

Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Houston

Associated Builders & Contractors, Greater Michigan Chapter

Associated Builders & Contractors, Illinois Chapter

Associated Builders & Contractors, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors - San Diego

Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Tennessee Chapter

Associated Builders and Contractors, Massachusetts Chapter

Associated California Loggers

Associated Equipment Distributors

Associated General Contractors of Alaska

Associated General Contractors of America

Associated General Contractors of Colorado

Associated General Contractors of New York State

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Associated Logging Contractors – Idaho

Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.

Associated Wire Rope Fabricators

Association of American Railroads

Association of Energy Service Companies

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Association of Montana Aerial Applicators

Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry

Association of Washington Business

Auto Care Association

Automotive Recyclers Association

Automotive Service Association

Avon Chamber of Commerce

Barrow County (GA) Chamber of Commerce

Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce (WI)

Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, OR

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce

Billings Chamber of Commerce

Birmingham Business Alliance

Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

Black Hills Forest Resource Association

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce

Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau

Brea Chamber of Commerce

Brick Industry Association

Bridgeport Regional Business Council

Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire

Business Council of Alabama

Business Council of New York State

Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce

California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns

California Chamber of Commerce

California Construction and Industrial Materials Association

California Hotel & Lodging Association

California Independent Oil Marketers Association

California Specialty Crops Council

Camarillo Chamber of Commerce

Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce

Capital Region Chamber

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

Carolinas Food Industry Council

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce

Cedar City Chamber of Commerce

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Cedar Valley Manufacturing Network, Waterloo, Iowa

Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association

Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey


Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston SC

Charlotte (NC) Chamber of Commerce

Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI)

Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors

Colorado Business Roundtable

Colorado Competitive Council

Colorado Roofing Association

Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation

Colorado Timber Industry Association

Columbia Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Lexington, Inc.

Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce

Construction Industry Round Table

Consumer Energy Alliance

Convenience Distribution Association

Corn Refiners Association

Council of Industrial Boiler Owners


Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce

Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce

Darke County Chamber of Commerce

Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

Delaware State Farm Bureau

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Douglas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce

Dulles Regional Chamber

Eastern Contractors Association, Inc.

Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, Eatonton, GA

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (WA)

Edmond (OK) Area Chamber of Commerce

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce

Electronic Components Industry Association

Electronic Security Association (ESA)

Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance

Equipment Dealers Association

Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Far West Equipment Dealers Association

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce

Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association

Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

Financial Services Roundtable

Flexible Packaging Association

Florida Assisted Living Association

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Trucking Association

Food Industry Alliance of New York, Inc.

Food Marketing Institute

Forest Resources Association

Forging Industry Association

Forward Janesville, Inc.

Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (WI)

Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Gallia County Chamber of Commerce

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.


Georgia Chamber

Georgia Mining Association

Georgia Motor Trucking Association

Georgia Railroad Association

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce (AZ)

Glenwood Springs (CO) Chamber Resort Association

Global Cold Chain Alliance

GPA Midstream Association

Grain and Feed Association of Illinois

Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Burlington Partnership

Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Waterloo, Iowa

Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Conejo Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce

Greater Flagstaff Chamber

Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

Greater Green Bay Chamber

Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce

Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce

Greater North Dakota Chamber

Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (WA)

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (VA)

Greater Summerville / Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

Greater York Chamber of Commerce

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce

Hampton Roads Chamber

Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce

Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce

Hawaii Cattlemen's Council

Haywood Chamber of Commerce

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)

Home Builders Association of Michigan

Home Furnishings Association

Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce

Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Hueneme Chamber of Commerce (CA)

Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry

Illinois Association of Convenience Stores

Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Chapter, Inc. American Concrete Pavement Association

Illinois Coal Association

Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association

Illinois Oil & Gas Association

Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association

INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

Independent Bakers Association

Independent Electrical Contractors

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association

Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York

Independent Petroleum Association of America

Indiana Builders Association

Indiana Cast Metals Association (INCMA)

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Indiana Coal Council

Indiana State Poultry Association

Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Industrial Fasteners Institute

Industrial Minerals Association - North America

Institute of Makers of Explosives

Intermountain Forest Association

International Association of Drilling Contractors

International Council of Shopping Centers

International Dairy Foods Association

International Foodservice Distributors Association

International Franchise Association

International Sign Association

International Wood Products Association

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Irvine (CA) Chamber of Commerce

Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

Jackson Chamber

Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, Jamestown, ND

JAX Chamber

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce (MT)

Kansas Livestock Association

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Forest Industries Association

Kentucky Trucking Association

Kentucky-Indiana Automotive Wholesalers

Kingsport Chamber

Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association

Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce

LA Oil Marketers & Convenience Store Association

La Pine Chamber of Commerce

Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce

Land Improvement Contractors of America

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Leading Builders of America

Lehigh Valley Builders Association

Lima Allen Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce

Little Miami River Chamber Alliance

Livestock Market Digest Newspaper

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Longview Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

Louisiana Landowners Association

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce

Maine Innkeepers Association

Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce

Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Chamber of Commerce

Maryland Retailers Association

Mason City Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)

Mason Contractors Association of America

Massachusetts Aggregate and Asphalt Producers Association

McAllen Chamber of Commerce

McLean County Chamber of Commerce

Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)

Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Metal Powder Industries Federation

Metals Service Center Institute

Metro South Chamber of Commerce

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Oil & Gas Association

Mid-America Lumbermens Association

Midwest Food Products Association

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Minnesota Grocers Association

Missouri Cattlemen's Association

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Missouri Corn Growers Association

Missouri Dairy Association

Missouri Forest Products Association

Missouri Pest Management Association

Mobile (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce

Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

Monroe Chamber of Commerce (Louisiana)

Montana Chamber of Commerce

Montana Coal Council

Montana Logging Association

Montclair Chamber of Commerce

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

NAMA - National Automatic Merchandising Association

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

National Agricultural Aviation Association

National Apartment Association

National Asphalt Pavement Association

National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Convenience Stores

National Association of Electrical Distributors

National Association of Federal Credit Unions

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Neighborhoods

National Association of REALTORS®

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

National Automobile Dealers Association

National Black Chamber of Commerce

National Cattlemen's Beef Association

National Club Association

National Confectioners Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE)

National Council of Chain Restaurants

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Council of Textile Organizations

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

National Federation of Independent Business

National Grain and Feed Association

National Grocers Association

National Industrial Sand Association

National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association

National Mining Association

National Multifamily Housing Council

National Newspaper Association

National Pork Producers Council

National Potato Council

National Precast Concrete Association

National Private Truck Council

National Propane Gas Association

National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRCMA)

National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

National Renderers Association

National Roofing Contractors Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Small Business Association (NSBA)

National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA)

National Tooling and Machining Association

National Utility Contractors Association

National Utility Contractors Association of Pennsylvania

National Wood Flooring Association

National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA)

Nebraska Cattlemen Association

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Nebraska Pork Producers Association

Nevada Manufacturers Association

Nevada Mining Association

New England Fuel Institute

New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, Automotive Association

New Jersey Motor Truck Association

New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce

New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry

New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association

New Mexico Stockman Magazine

New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc

Newnan-Coweta Chamber

Non-Ferrous Founders' Society

Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce

North American Die Casting Association

North American Meat Institute

North American Millers' Association

North Carolina Chamber

North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance

North Carolina Pork Council

North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

North Country Chamber of Commerce

North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

North Orange County Chamber

North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

North San Diego Business Chamber

North Shore Chamber of Commerce

Northeast Equipment Dealers Association

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies

NTEA - The Association for the Work Truck Industry

NYS Agribusiness Association

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries, O'Fallon, MO

Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Ohio Cast Metals Association

Ohio Equipment Distributors Association

Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.

Ohio Grocers Association

Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association

Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce

Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Business Council

Oregon Dairy Farmers Association

Orlando, Inc., the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)

Oxnard Chamber of Commerce

PA Food Merchants Association

PA Manufactured Housing Association

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce (CA)

Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Pearland Chamber of Commerce

Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association, Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Builders Association

Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Inc.

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Pennsylvania Forest Products Association

Petroleum Association of Wyoming

Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)

Plastics Industry Association

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of California

Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce

Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce

Precision Machined Products Association

Precision Metalforming Association

Printing and Graphics Association Mid Atlantic (PGAMA)

Printing Industries of America

Printing Industries of New England

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce

Railway Association of North Carolina

Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Roanoke Regional Chamber

Robins Regional Chamber

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (MN)

Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Metro Chamber

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem, Ohio

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, WV

Salt Lake Chamber

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce

SC Timber Producers Association

SC Trucking Association

Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Assoc. (SMART)

Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT)

Shipbuilders Council of America

Shoals Chamber of Commerce

Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Silver City - Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Silver City, New Mexico

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

SNAC International

Society of American Florists

Somerset County PA Chamber of Commerce

South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce

South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Retail Association

South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce

South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association

Southwest California Legislative Council

Southwest Indiana Chamber

Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance

St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce

St. Joseph (MO) Chamber of Commerce

St. Louis Regional Chamber

State Chamber of Oklahoma

STI/SPFA (Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association)

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce (AZ)

Talbot County Chamber of Commerce

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce

Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI)

Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Temple Chamber of Commerce, Temple, Texas

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Texas Association of Business

Texas Forestry Association

Texas Logging Council

Texas Wildlife Association

Textile Rental Services Association of America

The Chamber Grand Forks/ East Grand Forks

The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (OR)

The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada

The Fertilizer Institute

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (IL)

The Vinyl Institute

Tile Roofing Institute

Tire Industry Association (TIA)

Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

Treated Wood Council

Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce (WA)

Truck Renting and Leasing Association

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Tucson Metro Chamber

Tulsa Regional Chamber

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Apple Association

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Freedom Foundation

United Equipment Dealers Association

United Fresh Produce Association

US Oil & Gas Association

Utah Mining Association

Utah Valley Chamber

Vacaville Chamber of Commerce

Vermont Vehicle & Automotive Distributors Association

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance

Vista Chamber of Commerce

Washington Contract Loggers Association

Wasusau Region Chamber of Commerce

West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce

West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

West Virginia Forestry Association

West Virginia Manufacturers Association

West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association

Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce

Western Energy Alliance

Western Equipment Dealers Association

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce

Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce (PA)

Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce

White Pine Chamber of Commerce

Wilkes Chamber of Commerce

Window and Door Manufacturers Association

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

Winona Chamber of Commerce, Winona, MN

Wisconsin Grocers Association

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Wisconsin Small Businesses United

Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association

Women's Mining Coalition

World Floor Covering Association

Wyandot County Chamber of Commerce

Wyoming Mining Association

Wyoming Stock Growers Association

York County Economic Alliance (YCEA)

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber

Yuma County (AZ) Chamber of Commerce

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