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.


  • Work with the administration and individual agencies on the various regulatory relief programs initiated by the administration.
  • 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.