Published: May 2017

Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would hurt consumers

Advocates penned a letter to the Senate urging legislators to oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) — which should be called the “Regulatory Paralysis Act.” This bill aims to cripple the process for issuing and enforcing regulations that ensure Americans have clean air and water, healthy food and consumer products, fair wages, safe workplaces and many key financial protections.

The Senate’s 2017 Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would grind proposed consumer protections to a halt by requiring extensive time-consuming analysis that prioritizes costs over benefits, providing more opportunities for litigation, and undermining the expertise and independence of federal agencies. The RAA would paralyze the rulemaking process by adding dozens of cumbersome analytic and procedural requirements, allowing more political and judicial interference and rigging the process so that corporate profits come before protecting the public.

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Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) would hurt consumers   (RAASign-onLetter.pdf)




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