From The Augusta Chronicle:

“The 115th Congress took up two major reform statutes,” said Philip Wallach, a policy expert on governance for the R Street Institute think tank, wrote for National Review. “The Regulatory Accountability Act and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act both passed the Republican House on near-party-line votes. The former would have significantly modified the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), by, among other ways, forcing agencies to develop alternative regulatory strategies and then pursue the least costly one. The latter would have forced Congress to assent to significant regulations before they could become effective, thereby bringing democratic accountability to the closed loop of the bureaucracy.”

“Given three years of experience under Trump,” Wallach said, “those of us who wish to see America’s administrative state brought to heel must recognize what a long and difficult slog awaits us.”

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