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

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 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.

Above the FoldJun 06, 2017 - 4:15pm
Pedestrians walk past the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. Photographer: Mannie Garcia/Bloomberg News

Treasury’s Financial Regulations Review Wisely Keeps Main Street in Mind

Main Street depends on financial services to receive capital, expand, hire, and succeed.

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.

LetterMay 25, 2017 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Response to Request for Information on Regulations for Reform

This is a letter from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President & Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley in response to Chairman Labrador and Vice-Chairman Johnson’s request to the Chamber for insight in identifying federal regulations and government processes, within the Committee’s jurisdiction, that are in need of reform as well as suggestions for reform.

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