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Regulatory Reform

The Chamber recognizes the need for smart regulations to ensure workplace safety and protect public health. But with a $2 trillion price tag in compliance costs and an increasing number of huge and complex rules, it’s clear the regulatory system isn’t working the way it should.

Americans deserve a working regulatory system that is fair for everyone, takes into account the views of communities and businesses, evaluates the impact rules will have on jobs and small businesses, and protects our economic and personal freedoms.

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Above the FoldOct 03, 2017 - 12:30pm
President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Oval Office.

What It Was Like Talking to the Trump Administration About Small Business Regulations

Rules governing federal contracting are way too complex. It's hard for small businesses to compete.

ReportSep 12, 2017 - 3:30pm

Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors

"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process. The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties. These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.

TestimonySep 07, 2017 - 9:30am

Testimony to Senate HSGAC Subcommittee on Oversight of Permit Streamlining and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council

Statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce On: Hearing on "Cutting Through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council" To: U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

Above the FoldAug 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
President Donald Trump holds up a signed EO with business leaders in the Oval Office. Photographer: Olivier Douliery

The State of the Regulatory State Six Months into the Trump Administration

The most under-reported story about the Trump administration is what’s being done on regulations.

Above the FoldJul 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaking at the White House.

Repeal of EPA’s Land-Grabbing Water Rule Begins

WOTUS would force farmers, small businesses, and other land owners to get costly federal permits.

Above the FoldJul 21, 2017 - 12:45pm
Postcards from Main Street on Regreform

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street On Regulatory Reform Part 2

Business owners lend their voices to reducing regulations that keep them from creating jobs.

TestimonyJun 28, 2017 - 2:45pm

Statement for the Record for Hearing on Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior

Statement for the Record of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ON:  Hearing on “Examining Policy Impacts of Excessive Litigation Against the Department of the Interior” TO:  U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations DATE: June 28, 2017

Above the FoldJun 28, 2017 - 10:00am
Ditch next to a planted field.

EPA Will Repeal Obama’s Land-Grabbing Water Rule

The Waters of the U.S. rule amounted to a massive grab of regulatory authority.

LetterJun 22, 2017 - 5:15pm

Multi-Association letter to House Energy and Commerce Supporting H.R. 2910

Dear Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone: The undersigned associations are writing to express our support for H.R. 2910, legislation introduced by Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) to improve interagency coordination in the review of proposed natural gas pipelines. The legislation is scheduled for consideration by the Energy Subcommittee on June 22 and has our united support.