REINS Act & Dust Prevention Act up for debate on House floor, Congressman Berg introduces REGS


Two important items with agricultural implications are set for debate in the Full House this week, and a new agenda, called REGS, has been launched today by Congressman Rick Berg.

The first item up for debate is the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require a vote in Congress before any regulation issued by the executive branch with economic consequences of more than 100 million dollars could go into effect. Representative Berg is a cosponsor of the bill.

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The REINS Act has 200 co-sponsors in the House and needs only two-hundred-eighteen votes to be approved, but concerning the prospects of the legislation in the Senate, Berg says he’s hopeful.

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In line with the REINS Act, Berg announced today the launch of the REGS Agenda, which he says is an effort to help small businesses create jobs through cutting red tape.

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The second reform bill up for debate, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act introduced by Representative Kristi Noem, is scheduled for Thursday.

Berg says that it isn’t reasonable for farm dust to be regulated.

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Opponents of this legislation point out that it is not needed because EPA has not issued regulations governing farm dust, and…according to agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, has no intention of doing so.