Feb 07, 2017 - 1:15pm

616 Business Groups: It's Time For Congress To Reclaim Its Constitutional Authority

On Monday night, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter along with 616 groups to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanding action on the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2017:

Now is the time for Congress to reclaim its constitutional legislative authority by ensuring agencies implement congressional intent, not the intent of the agency. With both the new presidential administration and the U.S. House of Representatives agreeing on the urgent need for regulatory reform, the Senate is presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass much-needed modernization of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), whose rulemaking provisions have remained virtually unchanged since it was enacted in 1946.

The Senate has a unique chance to bring real structural reform to the way agencies adopt the most costly rules that fundamentally change our nation.

RAA would ensure that our regulatory environment is stabilized with a long term solution instead of a short term fix. By designing a process that achieves the maximum public benefit through the implementation of the most cost-effective rules, the executive branch would have a framework of accountability to pursue rules that actually make sense and avoid rules that one president's administration may think is right and another may think is wrong.

The legislative and executive branches have a unique opportunity to accomplish regulatory reform once and for all.

Here's the full list of organizations who have signed on to the letter:

60 Plus Association
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Aerospace Industries Association
African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ
AGC Michigan
AGC Nebraska Chapter
Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota
Agricultural Council of Arkansas
Agricultural Retailers Association
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Alabama Forestry Association
Alabama Grocers Association
Alaska Chamber
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Aluminum Association
Ambos Nogales Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
American Agri-Women
American Architectural Manufacturers Association
American Bakers Association
American Beverage Association
American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
American Composites Manufacturers Association
American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Exploration & Mining Association
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Financial Services Association
American Forest & Paper Association
American Foundry Society
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
American Highway Users Alliance
American Loggers Council
American Public Gas Association
American Public Power Association
American Rental Association
American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
American Subcontractors Association, Inc.
American Sugarbeet Growers Association
American Supply Association
American Trucking Associations'
American Wood Council (AWC)
Ames Chamber of Commerce
Amherst County (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce
AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce
Ardmore Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America
Arizona Manufacturers Council
Arizona Mining Association
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/ Associated Industries of Arkansas
Artesia Chamber of Commerce
Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana, Inc.
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Houston
Associated Builders & Contractors, Greater Michigan Chapter
Associated Builders & Contractors, Illinois Chapter
Associated Builders & Contractors, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated Builders and Contractors - San Diego
Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Tennessee Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors, Massachusetts Chapter
Associated California Loggers
Associated Equipment Distributors
Associated General Contractors of Alaska
Associated General Contractors of America
Associated General Contractors of Colorado
Associated General Contractors of New York State
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Associated Logging Contractors – Idaho
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.
Associated Wire Rope Fabricators
Association of American Railroads
Association of Energy Service Companies
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Association of Montana Aerial Applicators
Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry
Association of Washington Business
Auto Care Association
Automotive Recyclers Association
Automotive Service Association
Avon Chamber of Commerce
Barrow County (GA) Chamber of Commerce
Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce
Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce (WI)
Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, OR
Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
Billings Chamber of Commerce
Birmingham Business Alliance
Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce
Black Hills Forest Resource Association
Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce
Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors' Bureau
Brea Chamber of Commerce
Brick Industry Association
Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire
Business Council of Alabama
Business Council of New York State
Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns
California Chamber of Commerce
California Construction and Industrial Materials Association
California Hotel & Lodging Association
California Independent Oil Marketers Association
California Specialty Crops Council
Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce
Capital Region Chamber
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
Carolinas Food Industry Council
Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
Cedar City Chamber of Commerce
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Cedar Valley Manufacturing Network, Waterloo, Iowa
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association
Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce
Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey
Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties
Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston SC
Charlotte (NC) Chamber of Commerce
Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry (CACI)
Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors
Colorado Business Roundtable
Colorado Competitive Council
Colorado Roofing Association
Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation
Colorado Timber Industry Association
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Lexington, Inc.
Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce
Construction Industry Round Table
Consumer Energy Alliance
Convenience Distribution Association
Corn Refiners Association
Council of Industrial Boiler Owners
Cuyahoga Valley Chamber of Commerce
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
Darke County Chamber of Commerce
Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce
Delaware State Farm Bureau
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Douglas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce
Dulles Regional Chamber
Eastern Contractors Association, Inc.
Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, Eatonton, GA
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Economic Alliance Snohomish County (WA)
Edmond (OK) Area Chamber of Commerce
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce
Electronic Components Industry Association
Electronic Security Association (ESA)
Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance
Equipment Dealers Association
Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Far West Equipment Dealers Association
Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
Financial Services Roundtable
Flexible Packaging Association
Florida Assisted Living Association
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Trucking Association
Food Industry Alliance of New York, Inc.
Food Marketing Institute
Forest Resources Association
Forging Industry Association
Forward Janesville, Inc.
Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce (WI)
Frisco Chamber of Commerce
Gallia County Chamber of Commerce
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Georgia Chamber
Georgia Mining Association
Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Georgia Railroad Association
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce (AZ)
Glenwood Springs (CO) Chamber Resort Association
Global Cold Chain Alliance
GPA Midstream Association
Grain and Feed Association of Illinois
Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association
Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Burlington Partnership
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Waterloo, Iowa
Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce
Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Conejo Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
Greater Flagstaff Chamber
Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Green Bay Chamber
Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce
Greater North Dakota Chamber
Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce (WA)
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (VA)
Greater Summerville / Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce
Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Greater York Chamber of Commerce
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Hampton Roads Chamber
Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce
Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce
Hawaii Cattlemen's Council
Haywood Chamber of Commerce
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)
Home Builders Association of Michigan
Home Furnishings Association
Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce
Hueneme Chamber of Commerce (CA)
Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry
Illinois Association of Convenience Stores
Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Chapter, Inc. American Concrete Pavement Association
Illinois Coal Association
Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
Illinois Oil & Gas Association
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
Independent Bakers Association
Independent Electrical Contractors
Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York
Independent Petroleum Association of America
Indiana Builders Association
Indiana Cast Metals Association (INCMA)
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Coal Council
Indiana State Poultry Association
Industrial Energy Consumers of America
Industrial Fasteners Institute
Industrial Minerals Association - North America
Institute of Makers of Explosives
Intermountain Forest Association
International Association of Drilling Contractors
International Council of Shopping Centers
International Dairy Foods Association
International Foodservice Distributors Association
International Franchise Association
International Sign Association
International Wood Products Association
Iowa Association of Business and Industry
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Irvine (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Jackson Chamber
Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, Jamestown, ND
JAX Chamber
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce (MT)
Kansas Livestock Association
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Forest Industries Association
Kentucky Trucking Association
Kentucky-Indiana Automotive Wholesalers
Kingsport Chamber
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
LA Oil Marketers & Convenience Store Association
La Pine Chamber of Commerce
Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce
Land Improvement Contractors of America
Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce
Leading Builders of America
Lehigh Valley Builders Association
Lima Allen Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce
Little Miami River Chamber Alliance
Livestock Market Digest Newspaper
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Longview Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Louisiana Landowners Association
Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce
Maine Innkeepers Association
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Retailers Association
Mason City Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)
Mason Contractors Association of America
Massachusetts Aggregate and Asphalt Producers Association
McAllen Chamber of Commerce
McLean County Chamber of Commerce
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Metal Powder Industries Federation
Metals Service Center Institute
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Oil & Gas Association
Mid-America Lumbermens Association
Midwest Food Products Association
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Grocers Association
Missouri Cattlemen's Association
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Missouri Corn Growers Association
Missouri Dairy Association
Missouri Forest Products Association
Missouri Pest Management Association
Mobile (AL) Area Chamber of Commerce
Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center
Monroe Chamber of Commerce (Louisiana)
Montana Chamber of Commerce
Montana Coal Council
Montana Logging Association
Montclair Chamber of Commerce
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
Murrieta Chamber of Commerce
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
NAMA - National Automatic Merchandising Association
Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
National Agricultural Aviation Association
National Apartment Association
National Asphalt Pavement Association
National Association of Chemical Distributors
National Association of Convenience Stores
National Association of Electrical Distributors
National Association of Federal Credit Unions
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Neighborhoods
National Association of REALTORS®  
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Automobile Dealers Association
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
National Club Association
National Confectioners Association
National Corn Growers Association
National Cotton Council
National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE)
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National Council of Textile Organizations
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Federation of Independent Business
National Grain and Feed Association
National Grocers Association
National Industrial Sand Association
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
National Mining Association
National Multifamily Housing Council
National Newspaper Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Potato Council
National Precast Concrete Association
National Private Truck Council
National Propane Gas Association
National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRCMA)
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
National Renderers Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Small Business Association (NSBA)
National Stone Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA)
National Tooling and Machining Association
National Utility Contractors Association
National Utility Contractors Association of Pennsylvania
National Wood Flooring Association
National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA)
Nebraska Cattlemen Association
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Nebraska Pork Producers Association
Nevada Manufacturers Association
Nevada Mining Association
New England Fuel Institute
New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, Automotive Association
New Jersey Motor Truck Association
New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry
New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association
New Mexico Stockman Magazine
New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc
Newnan-Coweta Chamber
Non-Ferrous Founders' Society
Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce
North American Die Casting Association
North American Meat Institute
North American Millers' Association
North Carolina Chamber
North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
North Carolina Pork Council
North Carolina Retail Merchants Association
North Country Chamber of Commerce
North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce
North Orange County Chamber
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
North San Diego Business Chamber
North Shore Chamber of Commerce
Northeast Equipment Dealers Association
Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies
NTEA - The Association for the Work Truck Industry
NYS Agribusiness Association
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries, O'Fallon, MO
Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association
Ohio AgriBusiness Association
Ohio Cast Metals Association
Ohio Equipment Distributors Association
Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.
Ohio Grocers Association
Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association
Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce
Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Business Council
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association
Orlando, Inc., the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)
Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
PA Food Merchants Association
PA Manufactured Housing Association
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce (CA)
Pasco Chamber of Commerce
Pearland Chamber of Commerce
Pelican Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association, Harrisburg, PA
Pennsylvania Builders Association
Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Inc.
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
Petroleum Association of Wyoming
Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)
Plastics Industry Association
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of California
Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce
Precision Machined Products Association
Precision Metalforming Association
Printing and Graphics Association Mid Atlantic (PGAMA)
Printing Industries of America
Printing Industries of New England
Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce
Railway Association of North Carolina
Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce
Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Roanoke Regional Chamber
Robins Regional Chamber
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (MN)
Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento Metro Chamber
Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem, Ohio
Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, WV
Salt Lake Chamber
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
SC Timber Producers Association
SC Trucking Association
Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania
Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Assoc. (SMART)
Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades (SSDA-AT)
Shipbuilders Council of America
Shoals Chamber of Commerce
Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Silver City - Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Silver City, New Mexico
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
SNAC International
Society of American Florists
Somerset County PA Chamber of Commerce
South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
South Carolina Retail Association
South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce
South Shore Chamber of Commerce
Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
Southwest California Legislative Council
Southwest Indiana Chamber
Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance
St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Joseph (MO) Chamber of Commerce
St. Louis Regional Chamber
State Chamber of Oklahoma
STI/SPFA (Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association)
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce (AZ)
Talbot County Chamber of Commerce
Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI)
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Temple Chamber of Commerce, Temple, Texas
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Texas Association of Business
Texas Forestry Association
Texas Logging Council
Texas Wildlife Association
Textile Rental Services Association of America
The Chamber Grand Forks/ East Grand Forks
The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County (OR)
The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada
The Fertilizer Institute
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce (IL)
The Vinyl Institute
Tile Roofing Institute
Tire Industry Association (TIA)
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
Treated Wood Council
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce (WA)
Truck Renting and Leasing Association
Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Tucson Metro Chamber
Tulsa Regional Chamber
TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Apple Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Freedom Foundation
United Equipment Dealers Association
United Fresh Produce Association
US Oil & Gas Association
Utah Mining Association
Utah Valley Chamber
Vacaville Chamber of Commerce
Vermont Vehicle & Automotive Distributors Association
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance
Vista Chamber of Commerce
Washington Contract Loggers Association
Wasusau Region Chamber of Commerce
West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce
West Virginia Forestry Association
West Virginia Manufacturers Association
West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association
Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce
Western Energy Alliance
Western Equipment Dealers Association
Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce
Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce (PA)
Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce
White Pine Chamber of Commerce
Wilkes Chamber of Commerce
Window and Door Manufacturers Association
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Winona Chamber of Commerce, Winona, MN
Wisconsin Grocers Association
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Wisconsin Small Businesses United
Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
Women's Mining Coalition
World Floor Covering Association
Wyandot County Chamber of Commerce
Wyoming Mining Association
Wyoming Stock Growers Association
York County Economic Alliance (YCEA)
Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
Yuma County (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
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