The Regulatory Accountability Act

OUR POSITION: CSS opposes the bill and urges members of Congress to vote against it.

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The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) — which really should be called the “Regulatory Paralysis Act” — would cripple the process for issuing and enforcing regulations that ensure we have clean air and water, healthy food and consumer products, fair wages, safe workplaces and many other key protections.

The 2017 Senate version of 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. The bill’s purposefully vague language – and its baffling revival of an antiquated and exclusionary trial-like process known as adversarial rulemaking – appears designed to fulfill Steve Bannon’s vision of “deconstructing the administrative state.”

The 2017 House version of the RAA is far worse than the Senate version of the bill as well as the previous versions of the bill because it includes half a dozen major anti-regulatory measures from the 114th Congress: the Regulatory Accountability Act, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, the REVIEW Act, the ALERT Act, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act and the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act.

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CSS Resources

Families Harmed by Deregulation Blast the Regulatory Accountability Act
Press Release: August 10, 2017

Deregulatory Disasters: Americans Harmed by Deregulation Speak Out Against the Regulatory Accountability Act
Press Release: August 2, 2017

Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951) Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet: May 23, 2017

Progressive Community Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951)
Letter to Members: May 16, 2017

CSS Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951)
Letter to Members: May 16, 2017

Damaging Regulatory Legislation in HSGAC Mark-Up
Fact Sheet: May 16, 2017

CSS Leadership Blasts the Regulatory Accountability Act, Introduced in the Senate
Press Release: April 26, 2017

House Should Reject the Regulatory Accountability Act, Which Endangers the Public
Press Release: January 11, 2017

CSS Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5)
Letter to Members: January 10, 2017

Regulatory Accountability Act Is a Frankenstein’s Monster Built to Block and Delay Public Protections
Press Release: January 5, 2017

House Republicans Poised to Gut Our System of Public Protections
Press Release: January 4, 2017

Corporate Congress Trying to Kill Public Safeguards
Editorial Board Alert: March 4, 2015

CSS Opposes the McKinley Amendment to the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2015, H.R. 185
Letter to Members: January 13, 2015

The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015: Legislation Would Override and Threaten Decades of Public Protections
Fact Sheet: January 12, 2015

Extreme RAA Would Sabotage Major Health, Safety, Consumer and Environmental Protections
Press Release: January 12, 2015

Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 185 — The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015
White House Veto Threat: January 12, 2015

CSS Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2015, H.R. 185
Letter to Members: January 9, 2015

CSS Opposes S. 1029, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013
Letter to Members: June 5, 2013

The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2013: Legislation Would Override and Threaten Decades of Public Protections
Fact Sheet: June 5, 2013

“Regulatory Paralysis Act” Threatens to Weaken Nation’s Primary Health, Safety and Environmental Laws
Press Release: May 24, 2013

House Jeopardizes Public Health and Safety with Irresponsible Regulatory Accountability Act
Press Release: December 2, 2011

The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011: Legislation Would Override and Threaten Decades of Public Protections
Fact Sheet: November 22, 2011

Impacts of the Regulatory Accountability Act: Overturning 65 Years of Law and Leaving Americans Less Protected
Report: November 16, 2011

Regulatory Accountability Act Puts the Public in Harm’s Way: New Paper Provides Specific Examples of Proposed Bill’s Impact
Press Release: November 16, 2011

House Judiciary Committee Approves Atrocious Regulatory Accountability Act; Bill With “Bipartisan” Facade Threatens Vital Public Safeguards
Press Release: November 3, 2011

Regulatory Accountability Act is Another Attempt to Weaken Vital Public Safeguards
Press Release: September 22, 2011

 


 

Resources from Members and Allies

Portman Flees Tough Questions About Big Polluters Backing His Signature Anti-Regulatory Legislation
Public Citizen: August 7, 2017

Stop This Assault on Science: The Regulatory Accountability Act
Union of Concerned Scientists: July 25, 2017

Lobbying in High Gear with Prospect of Regulatory Reform in Congress
OpenSecrets.org: July 25, 2017

A Dangerous Big Business Giveaway
Center for Science in the Public Interest: July 14, 2017

How the U.S. Can Prevent a Fire Like Grenfell Tower
TalkPoverty.org: June 30, 2017

Portman’s Regulatory Accountability Act Would Endanger Children
Public Citizen: June 26, 2017

Congress Is About to Deregulate You to Death
RedGreenAndBlue: June 15, 2017

The Regulatory Accountability Act Is a Threat to Small Businesses
Main Street Alliance: June 6, 2017

Regulatory Accountability Act Would Let Corporations Rig the Rules and Block Lifesaving Protections
Public Citizen: June 6, 2017

Stop the Filthy Food Act
Consumer Federation of America: June 1, 2017

Republican Antiregulatory Agenda Continues Despite Losing the CRA
Economic Policy Institute: May 19, 2017

The Real Lowdown: The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment, Vol. 11
Natural Resources Defense Council: May 19, 2017

What Do These Regulatory Rollback Champions Have in Common? Anti-Consumer Donors.
Environmental Working Group: May 18, 2017

11 Medical and Public Health Groups Oppose the RAA
American Lung Association: May 17, 2017

Why the Senate Should Reject the ‘License to Kill’ Bill
Environmental Working Group: May 17, 2017

Oppose S. 951, S.34, S.21 – Radical Attacks on New Public Health and Environmental Safeguards in the Guise of “Regulatory Reform”
League of Conservation Voters: May 16, 2017

CFA Urges Senate Committee to Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act
Consumer Federation of America: May 16, 2017

Letter to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Four “Regulatory Reform” Bills
Consumers Union: May 16, 2017

List of Proposed Protections That Could Be Blocked by the RAA
Natural Resources Defense Council: May 16, 2017

63 Financial Reform Groups Oppose the RAA
Americans for Financial Reform: May 16, 2017

Ahead of Markup, CPR Member Scholars Voice Concerns Over the Senate Regulatory Accountability Act
Center for Progressive Reform: May 16, 2017

Corporate Lobbyists Finance Senate Leader of ‘License to Kill’ Bill
Environmental Working Group: May 16, 2017

One of Many Risks of the Regulatory Accountability Act: Flawed Risk Assessment Guidelines
Union of Concerned Scientists: May 16, 2017

27 Scholars Raise Serious Concerns About the Regulatory Accountability Act
Center for Progressive Reform: May 15, 2017

The Senate Is About to Pass a Bill That Could Keep Asbestos and Other Deadly Chemicals Legal
Environmental Working Group: May 15, 2017

Attack on Food Safety Rules Is Life or Death Issue for Allergy Sufferers
Environmental Defense Fund: May 12, 2017

The Regulatory Accountability Act Would Spread the Asbestos Problem
Center for American Progress: May 12, 2017

Here’s the Scariest Legislation You’ve Never Heard Of
Environmental Defense Fund: May 11, 2017

Red Tape and Over-Reach: That Is the Regulatory Accountability Act, in a Word – and a Graphic
Environmental Defense Fund: May 11, 2017

Regulatory Accountability Act Would Wrap Red Tape Around Our Most Important Health and Safety Protections
Environmental Defense Fund: May 10, 2017

5 Reasons Why the Regulatory Accountability Act is Bad for Science
Union of Concerned Scientists: May 9, 2017

The Powerful Corporations Pushing to Unravel Protections for Consumers, Public Health, and the Environment
Center for American Progress: May 9, 2017

Trump’s Regulatory Accountability Act Is a License to Kill
Center for American Progress: May 9, 2017

New But Not Improved: The New Regulatory Accountability Act Would Severely Threaten TSCA Implementation and Many Other Vital Health Protections
Environmental Defense Fund: May 4, 2017

Anything But Moderate: The Senate Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
Center for Progressive Reform: May 2, 2017

Summary of S. 951
Center for Progressive Reform: May 2, 2017

Section-by-Section Analysis of S. 951
Center for Progressive Reform: May 2, 2017

Anti-Consumer Lobby Gave Big to Senator Pushing Regulatory Accountability Act
Environmental Working Group: April 26, 2017

The Regulatory Accountability Act Subverts Science and Must Be Stopped
Union of Concerned Scientists: April 26, 2017

No Rules? No Food Safety
Environmental Working Group: March 17, 2017

Meanwhile, in Reality … Congress Works on Legislation to Inhibit Federal Safety Standards

Who Pays for Rolling Back Regulations?
Center for American Progress: March 13, 2017

Congress Just Fixed TSCA – Yet Is Now Gearing Up to Re-Impose the Worst Flaws of the Old Law Across the Entire Federal Government
Environmental Defense Fund: March 8, 2017

How the Regulatory Accountability Act Will Ensure Contaminated Food and Water, Dirty Air, Toxic Toys
Natural Resources Defense Council: March 6, 2017

Misguided Regulatory Accountability Act Will Increase Red Tape, Obstruct Vital Safeguards for Millions of Americans
Environmental Defense Fund: March 6, 2017

The One Fight We Can’t Lose
Environmental Working Group: March 6, 2017

How the So-Called “Regulatory Accountability Act” Will Ensure Contaminated Food and Water, Dirty Air, Riskier Air Travel & Nuclear Plants
Natural Resources Defense Council: February 23, 2017

No, Chemical Industry, You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too (Part 2)
Environmental Defense Fund: February 10, 2017

Deregulation Nation: Congress Wants to Let Corporations Take Charge
Center for American Progress: January 27, 2017

Public Health and Medical Groups Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
American Lung Association, et. al.: January 11, 2017

13 Environmental Groups Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), H.R. 5
Natural Resources Defense Council: January 10, 2017

ALA Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
American Lung Association: January 10, 2017

CR-CU Letter to the U.S. House Opposing H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017
Consumer Reports and Consumers Union: January 10, 2017

Analytical and Procedural Requirements Mandated by the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015
Center for Progressive Reform: December 13, 2016

Unsafe Delays: An Empirical Analysis Shows That Federal Rulemakings To Protect the Public Are Taking Longer Than Ever
Public Citizen: June 28, 2016

Letter to Representatives in Opposition to H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015
AFL-CIO: January 13, 2015

Big Polluters’ Allies in Congress Push Bill to Block Health and Environmental Protections
Sierra Club: January 13, 2015

EarthJustice Statement on House Vote on “the Regulatory Accountability Act”
EarthJustice: January 13, 2015

114th Congress Begins Attack on Public Protections with So-Called Regulatory Accountability Act
Center for Effective Government: January 12, 2015

New Congress Prepares to Take Away Your Right to Clean, Safe Air
Natural Resources Defense Council: January 12, 2015

Letter of Opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015
Consumers Union: January 12, 2015

Oppose Legislation on House Floor to Undermine Crucial Consumer Protections, H.R. 185
Consumer Federation of America: January 12, 2015

Reject HR 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act
Americans for Financial Reform: January 12, 2015

Oppose H.R. 185, Legislation that Cripples Public Protection
League of Conservation Voters: January 12, 2015

Letter Opposing Regulatory Accountability Act
U.S. PIRG: January 12, 2015

Modernization? The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 Adds 74 New Steps to the Rule-Making Process
Center for Progressive Reform: January 9, 2015

Beware of This Zombie Bill: The Regulatory Accountability Act Returns from the Dead
Union of Concerned Scientists: January 9, 2015

The Regulatory Accountability Act
House Committee on the Judiciary: October 25, 2011
Sidney Shapiro, Center for Progressive Reform

 


 

Press Coverage

People Tell Their Tragic Stories to Try to Slow Trump’s Rule-Killing Drive
The Huffington Post: August 10, 2017

Maine Legislator Discusses Lead Contamination Issues
WCSH6: August 9, 2017

Battle Against Lead: Trump Administration Bill Has Maine Property Owners Worried
Maine Public Radio: August 8, 2017

GOP Senator Laughs in Woman’s Face When Asked to Stop Taking Fossil Fuel Money
The Huffington Post: August 4, 2017

AFL-CIO Decries ‘War on Regulatory Protections’
Safety + Health: August 3, 2017

Lobbying Shifts Into High Gear With Prospect of Regulatory Reform in Congress
Truthout: July 27, 2017

Prioritize Safety, Principles Before Ideology
The Times-Tribune: July 23, 2017

Don’t Fall for Mick Mulvaney’s MAGAnomics Nonsense
Fortune: July 18, 2017

Are Tainted Food, Drug-Resistant Disease and Toxic Chemicals Coming?
Who What Why: July 17, 2017

Senate Bill Will Gum Up Protections for Ordinary Folk
The Philadelphia Tribune: July 11, 2017

The Senate Bill That Puts the Public at Risk
CNN: July 6, 2017

Thanks to McAuliffe for Climate Action
The Roanoke Times: July 6, 2017

Tangling Life-Saving Regulations in Red Tape
The Hill: July 5, 2017

California Attorney General Urges U.S. Senate to Oppose Regulatory Accountability Act
Legal News Line: July 5, 2017

Ruining Regulations
The Westminster Window: July 5, 2017

Don’t Weaken Health, Wildlife Protections
Lancaster Online: June 30, 2017

Group Warns of ‘Lethal Lunchboxes’ in Ad Hitting Portman Bill
E&E News: June 29, 2017

Regulatory Bill Draws Criticism
The Ironton Tribune: June 29, 2017

Independent Agency Rules Could See Executive Oversight
Bloomberg BNA: June 27, 2017

A.G. Schneiderman Leads 12-State Coalition In Opposing Regulatory Rollbacks That Would Jeopardize Americans’ Health & Safety
LongIsland.com: June 27, 2017

Oppose Legislative License to Make Kids Sick
The Montana Standard: June 21, 2017

Contact Senators to Oppose Regulatory Accountability Act
The Meadville Tribune: June 16, 2017

Regulatory ‘Reform’ That Is Anything But
The New York Times: June 15, 2017

Vote No on Regulatory Accountability Act
Lancaster Online: June 9, 2017

Washington’s Quiet Revolution to Destroy Consumer Protection
The Hill: June 1, 2017

The Scariest Piece of Federal Legislation That You’ve Never Heard Of
Medium: June 1, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce Wants to Rig the Game Against the American People
The Hill: May 25, 2017

Tennessee Consumer Safety Could Be at Risk, Bill’s Opponents
Public News Service: May 23, 2017

Protecting America From Corporate Abuse Is About to Get a Lot Harder
The Week: May 22, 2017

The “License to Kill” Bill Is As Terrifying As It Sounds
Mother Jones: May 22, 2017

Portman’s Regulatory Reform Bill Will Increase Costs, Bureaucracy
The Cincinnati Enquirer: May 22, 2017

Will U.S. Senate Make It Harder to Enact Regulations?
Public News Service: May 22, 2017

Groups Oppose ‘Mother of All Anti-Regulation Bills’
Public News Service: May 19, 2017

Heitkamp, Manchin Under Pressure Over GOP Regs Bill
The Hill: May 18, 2017

Requiring Formal Rulemaking Is a Thinly Veiled Attempt to Halt Regulation
The Regulatory Review: May 18, 2017

Senate Tees Up ‘Accountability Act’ as Regulation Fight Intensifies
Reuters: May 17, 2107

Without Public Protections, Florida Will Suffer
The Pensacola New Journal: May 17, 2017

While Faking Concern for the ‘Best’ Science, Congress Launches an Attack on Environmental Regulations
The Los Angeles Times: May 15, 2017

Missouri Man Pleads with Congress for Tougher Food-Safety Laws
Missouri News Service / KMA Land: May 13, 2017

Watchdog Groups Decry “Attack” on Consumer Protections
CBS News: May 10, 2017

Ditch the Flawed Legislative Proposal to Police Agency Communications
The Regulatory Review: May 10, 2017

Protect Families, Not Industry
The Salt Lake Tribune: May 9, 2017

Coalition Opposes ‘Extremist’ Regulatory Accountability Act
Safety + Health Magazine: May 4, 2017

Millions of Americans Are Drinking Contaminated Water—and Don’t Even Know It
Mother Jones: May 3, 2017

America’s Food Supply Is Potentially at Stake, Thanks to Trump
The Huffington Post: May 2, 2017

How Congress Could Make Steve Bannon’s Wildest Dream Come True
Yahoo Finance: May 2, 2017

Sen. Rob Portman’s Push to Peel Back Regulations Meets Fierce Criticism
The Cleveland Plain Dealer: April 28, 2017

The War on Regulation
The American Prospect: April 17, 2017

The Misguided Regulatory Accountability Act
RegBlog: March 29, 2017

‘Filthy Food Bill’ Draws Fire From Host of Food Safety Advocates
Food Safety News: March 22, 2017

Regulation Against Lead Under Attack
The Missourian: March 20, 2017

The GOP Plan to Prevent a Repeat of Obama’s Climate Action
Common Dreams: February 8, 2017

The Quiet GOP Campaign Against Government Regulation
The Atlantic: January 26, 2017

Quietly Passed Act Favors Profits Over Health and Safety
Fort Worth Star Telegram: January 20, 2017

A New Law that Could Cripple the Federal Government
Talking Points Memo: January 12, 2017

Rules to Protect Workers Have Experienced ‘Historic’ Delays
Safety + Health Magazine: June 29, 2016

Industry-Funded Lawmakers Target Public Health and Environmental Protections
The Huffington Post: June 11, 2016

Republicans Want It Both Ways on Agency Independence
The Hill: March 29, 2016

A Lesson From Scalia: Regulatory Reform Is Obstruction
The Hill: February 25, 2016

VW and GM Scandals Show Why Regulation Matters
The Hill: September 30, 2015

House Votes to End All Major New Rules, Again
The Huffington Post: July 28, 2015

Industry-Funded Lawmakers Target Public Health and Environmental Protections
The Huffington Post: June 11, 2015

Radical Deregulation Won’t Bring Real Growth
The Huffington Post: March 17, 2015

Five Dumb Bills Just Passed by the House Would Screw the Environment
Grist: February 28, 2015

Science Under Attack in the 114th Congress
The Hill: February 17, 2015

New Life for ‘Zombie’ Regs Bills in Congress
The Hill: February 17, 2015

The GOP’s Plan to Stop Environmental Protections: Attack Science
The Washington Post: January 28, 2015

Republican-Led Congress Opens with Broad Attack on Regulation
MintPress News: January 23, 2015

How Congress is Cutting Science Out of Science Policy
Yahoo! News: January 16, 2015

Regulatory Accountability Act Passes House, President Threatens Veto
Food Safety News: January 15, 2015

Radical Deregulation Won’t Bring Real Growth
The Huffington Post: January 15, 2015

Republicans Use ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ Strategy to Deregulate Wall Street
The Guardian: January 14, 2015

House Votes to Delay Regulations to Protect the Public by Ten Years or More
The Huffington Post: January 14, 2015

House Passes Bill to Make Everything Harder And Worse
ThinkProgress: January 14, 2015

House ‘Regulatory Accountability Act’ Could Hobble FCC
Wireless Week: January 14, 2015

Enviros Call Regulatory Reform Bill an ‘Attack’ on Safeguards
Law360: January 14, 2015

House Tries to Stop All New Government Rules
The Huffington Post: January 13, 2015

Sneaky Bills Set Tone for New Congress
SustainableBusiness.com: January 13, 2015

White House Issues Veto Threat for House Regulatory Accountability Act
Reuters: January 12, 2015

Obama Waves Veto Pen at GOP Regulations Bill
The Hill: January 12, 2015

House to Vote on Bill Targeting Obama Regs
The Hill: January 12, 2015

Regulatory Accountability Act Reintroduced in House
The Hill: January 7, 2015