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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Priorities for 2018

  • Work with the administration and individual agencies on the various regulatory relief programs initiated by the administration in 2017.
  • When necessary, defend the regulatory relief actions both through the formal rulemaking process and ensuing litigation.
  • Continue to push for improved regulatory analysis in the rulemaking process, including the adoption of such analysis by independent agencies.
  • Advocate for broad-based regulatory reform, especially the enactment of the Regulatory Accountability Act.
  • Advocate for permanent reforms to the often-abused “sue and settle” process, especially enactment of the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act.

Recent Activity

CommentMar 07, 2018 - 10:15am

U.S. Chamber Comments Regarding Regulatory Guidance under Public Law No. 115-97

On March 7, 2018, the U.S. Chamber submitted the following comments to Treasury and the IRS regarding general regulatory guidance requests under Public Law No. 115-97.

ReportMar 06, 2018 - 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.

Issue BriefFeb 15, 2018 - 9:45am

Regulatory Reform Tracker

SummaryThe U.S.

Press ReleaseJan 30, 2018 - 10:30pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Comments on 2018 State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

Press ReleaseJan 10, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber President: Double Down on Growth in 2018

Donohue Urges Leaders to Pursue Stronger, Sustained, Shared Economic Growth

SpeechJan 10, 2018 - 9:00am

2018 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 10, 2018.

Above the FoldJan 03, 2018 - 1:30pm
2017 State of American Business address with U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.

2017 Was Full of Pro-Growth Victories for America

From a mesmerizing eclipse to major storms that brought Americans together, 2017 was as wild as Bitcoin’s daily price swings.

Above the FoldDec 18, 2017 - 12:30pm
Bloomberg Photo Donald Trump Deregulatory Event

The Trump Administration’s Historic Year in Deregulation

One chart proves that the Trump administration's deregulatory actions stand out by historical standards.

Above the FoldDec 18, 2017 - 9:00am
2017 Regulatory Reform Review

Regulatory Relief: The Untold Story of 2017

After coming into office on the heels of a relentless onslaught, President Trump and Congress diligently reined in the regulatory state.

LetterDec 11, 2017 - 4:15pm

Hill Letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on FAST-41 Permit Streamlining

Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you for conducting a hearing to examine the permitting processes at Department of Interior (DOI) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for energy and resource infrastructure projects.