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.

Projects and Programs

 

 

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

Above the FoldNov 13, 2017 - 9:00am
Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act

Clearing the Way for Energy Innovators

The U.S. Chamber applauds EPA Administrator Pruitt's rollback of two rules that hovered ominously over key industries for far too long.

TestimonyOct 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

QFR Response to Senate HSGAC Subcommittee Hearing on Federal Infrastructure Permitting and FPISC

Questions for the Record from Hearing Entitled “Cutting through the Red Tape: Oversight of Federal Infrastructure Permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council”U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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.

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 CommerceOn: 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 CommerceON:  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 InvestigationsDATE: 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.