Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and 24 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate introduced a proposal Thursday that could become a huge obstacle for President Joe Biden’s ambitious re-regulatory plans.
The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2021” (REIN) would require that any new regulation proposed by an executive branch department or agency must be approved by Congress if it is projected to cost $100 million or more to implement.
“Under the REINS Act, once major rules are drafted, they must then be affirmatively approved by both chambers of Congress and then signed by the President, satisfying the bicameralism and presentment requirements of the Constitution. Currently, regulations ultimately take effect unless Congress specifically disapproves,” according to a statement issued by Paul’s office, with comments by him and Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).