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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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ReportAug 08, 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 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.

LetterJun 20, 2017 - 11:30am

Key Vote Letter to House Supporting H.R. 1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges you to approve H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” which would streamline the permitting process for new surface water storage projects. The Chamber may consider including votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 1654 in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

Above the FoldJun 12, 2017 - 4:45pm
EPA headquarters.

EPA Delays Implementing Ozone Standard for One Year

Congress should still pass a delay of attainment designations to 2025.

Above the FoldJun 07, 2017 - 11:15am
Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah, listens to testimony during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Why the Regulatory Accountability Act Would Be a Win for Small Business

For a top Senator Orrin Hatch, the answer lies in smarter, more effective federal regulations.