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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Recent Activity

ReportMay 26, 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.

Above the FoldMay 26, 2017 - 10:45am
Employee Amy Merritt prepares a flower arrangement at Flowers By Julia in Princeton, Illinois.

Small Business Index Should Remind Washington to Continue Pro-growth Progress

If there's progress on taxes, infrastructure, regulatory reform, and other issues, businesses will invest and grow.

TestimonyMay 24, 2017 - 2:00pm

Testimony to House Oversight Subcommittee on Hearing on Examining 'Sue and Settle' Agreements - Part I

Statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ON: Hearing on Examining "Sue and Settle" Agreements: Part I

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.  The EPA entered i

Above the FoldMay 24, 2017 - 8:00am
MetLife Index Cover

Small Business Owners Bullish On Growth Despite Economic Jitters

The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index is a new national quarterly survey of small business owners.

Above the FoldMay 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Little-Known Law Makes a Big Difference

Since January, the CRA has been one of the most effective weapons of our new government.

LetterMay 16, 2017 - 2:45pm

Hill Letter to Senate HSGAC Supporting S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act

Dear Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member McCaskill,

Above the FoldMay 16, 2017 - 12:00pm
Astronaut Scaling Tall Paper Stack

One Small Step for the U.S. Senate, One Giant Leap for Regulatory Reform

Now is the time to modernize our regulatory system. Let’s put commonsense first and finally pass the Regulatory Accountability Act.

Above the FoldMay 12, 2017 - 10:30am

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Regulatory Reform

Find out what Main Street business owners had to say to Washington about the impact of overregulation on their companies.