Congressman Adrian Smith says federal regulations need to be reined in.
Smith voted with the majority in the US House to approve a measure limiting the power of federal agencies in implementing laws passed by Congress.
The bill uses the acronym the REINS Act, which stands for Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny.
It would require a federal agency to seek Congressional approval for any regulation estimated to cost at least $100 million.
“I don’t think Congress ever intended to give the EPA the power to regulate farm dust, for example,” Smith tells reporters during a conference call. “Now, there has not been a regulation yet relating to farm dust, but the EPA does maintain that they have the power to do so.”
It isn’t a new idea.
“This actually did pass the House in the last Congress and the Senate obviously did not take that up. I hope there is enough pressure on the Senate to take this up, because I really believe it’s a necessary thing and it’s common sense and we need to implement that as soon as we can,” Smith says.
Smith says federal agencies have assumed more power to implement costly regulations than Congress intended.
AUDIO: Congressman Adrian Smith discusses passage of the REINS Act in the US House. [1:35]