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Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

TITLE I--REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

Regulatory Accountability Act

(Sec. 103) This bill revises federal rulemaking procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to require a federal agency to make all preliminary and final factual determinations based on evidence and to consider: (1) the legal authority under which a rule may be proposed; (2) the specific nature and significance of the problem the agency may address with a rule; (3) whether existing rules have created or contributed to the problem the agency may address with a rule and whether such rules may be amended or rescinded; (4) any reasonable alternatives for a new rule; and (5) the potential costs and benefits associated with potential alternative rules, including impacts on low-income populations.

Rulemaking notice requirements are revised to require agencies to:

  • publish in the Federal Register advance notice of proposed rulemaking involving a major or high-impact rule, a negative-impact-on-jobs-and-wages rule, or a rule that involves a novel legal or policy issue arising out of statutory mandates;
  • consult with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before issuing a proposed rule and after the issuance of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking;
  • provide interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making process;
  • hold a hearing before the adoption of any high-impact rule;
  • expand requirements for the adoption of a final rule, including requiring that the agency adopt a rule only on the basis of the best evidence and at the least cost; and
  • grant any interested person the right to petition for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of a rule.

A "major rule" or "major guidance" is a rule or guidance that OIRA determines is likely to impose: (1) an annual cost on the economy of $100 million or more, adjusted annually for inflation; (2) a major increase in costs or prices; (3) significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S. enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises; or (4) significant impacts on multiple sectors of the economy.

The bill defines: (1) "high-impact rule" as a rule that OIRA determines is likely to have an annual cost on the economy of $1 billion or more, adjusted annually for inflation; and (2) "negative-impact-on-jobs-and-wages rule" as any rule likely to reduce employment or wages in certain economic sectors or industry areas by specified amounts over specified periods.

The bill specifies the minimum amount of information that must be included in an advance notice of a proposed rulemaking.

After notice or advance notice of a proposed rulemaking, the agency making the rule is prohibited from: (1) advocating for the submission of information to form part of the record of review, (2) appealing to the public to undertake advocacy, or (3) communicating for publicity or propaganda within the United States in a manner not authorized by Congress. The agency may request comments or information in an impartial manner.

The notice of final rulemaking that agencies must publish when they adopt a final major rule shall include a report, to be revised every five years, on the benefits and costs to regulated entities. If an agency determines in a revised report that the cost to regulated entities has exceeded the anticipated cost at the time the final rule was issued, the agency must submit to Congress an assessment of whether the rule: (1) is accomplishing its regulatory objective; and (2) has been rendered unnecessary considering changes in the subject area, other government regulations, and alternatives that might impose smaller burdens or achieve lower costs. Upon delivery of such an assessment about a rule exceeding the anticipated cost, the agency must: (1) reopen the public docket to receive additional comments, and (2) consider modifications or alternatives that reduce costs and increase benefits to regulated entities or individuals.

OIRA must issue guidelines to promote coordination, simplification, and harmonization of agency rules during the rulemaking process.

The bill exempts from such revised procedures rulemakings that concern monetary policy proposed or implemented by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) or the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

(Sec. 104) The bill imposes new requirements for issuing any major guidance or guidance that involves a novel legal or policy issue arising out of statutory mandates. OIRA may issue guidelines for agencies in issuing major guidance or other guidance.

(Sec. 105) The bill provides for electronic access to transcripts of testimony, exhibits, and other papers filed in a rulemaking proceeding.

The record of decision in a rulemaking proceeding must include information from a hearing under the Information Quality Act (IQA) or on a high-impact rule.

Agencies must grant a petition for a hearing in the case of a major rule, unless the agency reasonably determines that a hearing would not advance consideration of the rule or would unreasonably delay completion of the rulemaking. Exempted from this requirement are rulemakings that concern monetary policy proposed or implemented by the FRB or the FOMC.

(Sec. 106) An agency's denial of an IQA petition, or a failure to grant or deny such petition within 90 days, is reviewable by a court as a final action. The bill allows immediate judicial review of interim rules, other than in cases involving national security interests, issued without compliance with the notice requirements of this bill.

(Sec. 107) The bill revises standards for the scope of judicial review of agency rulemaking to prohibit a court from deferring to an agency's: (1) determination of the costs and benefits or other economic or risk assessment if the agency failed to conform to guidelines on such determinations and assessments established by OIRA, (2) determinations made in the adoption of an interim rule, or (3) guidance.

(Sec. 108) The bill defines "substantial evidence" for purposes of evaluating agency adjudications and for rulemaking under the APA as such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion in light of the record considered as a whole, taking into account whatever in the record fairly detracts from the weight of the evidence relied upon by the agency to support its decision.

(Sec. 109) The amendments made by this title shall not apply to any rulemakings pending or completed on the date of enactment date of this title.

TITLE II--SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT

Separation of Powers Restoration Act

(Sec. 202) This title modifies the scope of judicial review of agency actions to authorize courts reviewing agency actions to decide de novo (without giving deference to the agency's interpretation) all relevant questions of law, including the interpretation of: (1) constitutional and statutory provisions, and (2) rules made by agencies. If the reviewing court determines that a statutory or regulatory provision relevant to its decision contains a gap or ambiguity, the court shall not interpret or rely on that gap or ambiguity as: (1) an implicit delegation to the agency of legislative rulemaking authority, or (2) a justification for interpreting agency authority expansively or for deferring to the agency's interpretation on the question of law.

No law may exempt such a civil action from the application of the amendments made by this bill except by specific reference to these provisions.

TITLE III--SMALL BUSINESS REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS ACT

Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act

(Sec. 302) This title amends the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA) and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act of 1996 (SBREFA) to revise and expand the rulemaking requirements and procedures of federal agencies (excluding Congress, U.S. courts, U.S. territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia) that affect small entities.

The RFA is amended to adopt the broader definition of "rule" set forth in the APA, but to exclude from such definition: (1) rules that pertain to the protection of veterans' rights and benefits and to consumer credit extended to service members and dependents, or (2) rules of particular applicability relating to rates, wages, and other financial indicators. The concept of "economic impact" is added to the RFA to require agencies to consider any direct economic effect of a proposed rule on small entities and any indirect economic effect on such entities that is reasonably foreseeable and that results from such rule.

The applicability of the RFA is expanded to cover: (1) rules that have a beneficial significant economic impact on small entities, (2) rules that affect tribal organizations, (3) land management plans developed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, and (4) certain collection-of-information and record keeping activities of the Internal Revenue Service.

The definition of "small organization" under the RFA is revised to mean any not-for-profit enterprise, including a local labor organization, with a net worth not exceeding $7 million and with no more than 500 employees.

(Sec. 303) Each agency is required to: (1) include in its regulatory agenda (published in the Federal Register every April and October) a brief description of the sector of the North American Industrial Classification System that is primarily affected by a proposed or promulgated rule that is likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, and (2) prominently display a plain language summary of the information in the regulatory agenda on its website.

(Sec. 304) RFA requirements relating to an initial regulatory flexibility analysis are expanded to require an analysis to contain a detailed statement (instead of merely a statement) of information relating to a proposed rule. The analysis must include an estimate of the additional cumulative impact of the proposed rule on small entities, a description of any disproportionate economic impact on small entities or a specific class of small entities, and a description of any impairment of the ability of small entities to have access to credit.

A final regulatory flexibility analysis must include a detailed description of any disproportionate economic impact on small entities or a specific class of small entities.

An agency's certification that a rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities must include an economic assessment to support the certification.

The standard for measuring the economic impact of a proposed rule on small entities is expanded to require a quantifiable or numerical description of the effects of a proposed or final rule on such entities.

(Sec. 305) The authority of an agency to waive or delay the completion of regulatory flexibility analyses is eliminated.

The Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is given expanded authority to issue, modify, or amend rules governing agency compliance with RFA requirements and to intervene in agency adjudications.

(Sec. 306) RFA procedures for the participation of small entities in the promulgation of a proposed rule are modified to require the rulemaking agency to: (1) notify the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy, and (2) provide the Chief Counsel with all materials prepared or utilized by the agency in making the proposed rule and with information on the potential adverse and beneficial economic impacts of the rule on small entities.

The Chief Counsel is specifically charged with: (1) convening a review panel with representation from the SBA Office of Advocacy, the agency making the rule, and the OMB; and (2) reporting to the rulemaking agency on the economic impact of the proposed rule on small entities with respect to energy and startup costs and on alternatives that will minimize adverse or maximize beneficial economic impacts on small entities.

The Chief Counsel is empowered to waive the review panel requirements if they are deemed impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.

(Sec. 307) RFA requirements for periodic review of rules affecting small entities are expanded to require: (1) mandatory review of all rules that have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities; (2) a detailed statement on how an agency will conduct outreach activities to include small businesses, including those owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals; (3) annual agency reports on the results of its review of rules; and (4) annual publication in the Federal Register and on the agency website of a list of rules to be reviewed, with a solicitation of public comments.

(Sec. 308) Judicial review under the RFA is expedited to allow an individual who is aggrieved by an agency rule to initiate judicial review of agency compliance with the RFA without waiting for final agency action on such rule.

(Sec. 309) Exclusive jurisdiction is granted to the U.S. Court of Appeals to review challenges by small entities to rules promulgated by the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy for implementing the RFA.

(Sec. 310) The Small Business Act is amended to: (1) authorize the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy to specify size standards for small business concerns for purposes of any enactment other than the Small Business Act or the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, and (2) permit a party who seeks judicial review of a small business size determination approved by the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy to join the Chief Counsel as a party in an action for such review.

(Sec. 312) The SBREFA is amended to require agencies, in developing small entity compliance guides, to solicit input from affected small entities or associations of small entities.

(Sec. 313) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) must complete and publish a study that examines whether the SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy has the capacity and resources to carry out duties under this title.

TITLE IV--REQUIRE EVALUATION BEFORE IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE WISHLISTS ACT

Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act or the REVIEW Act

(Sec. 402) This title prohibits a final agency rule from being published or taking effect until the agency submits the rule to OIRA and OIRA makes a determination as to whether the rule is a high-impact rule that may impose an annual cost on the economy of at least $1 billion. The agency shall publish such determination with the final rule.

An agency shall postpone the effective date of a high-impact rule until the final disposition of all actions seeking judicial review of the rule.

If no person seeks judicial review of a high-impact rule during any period explicitly provided for such review under the authorizing statute or during the 60-day period after the rule is published if no such period is explicitly provided, the rule may take effect as early as the date the applicable period ends.

TITLE V--ALL ECONOMIC REGULATIONS ARE TRANSPARENT ACT

All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act or the ALERT Act

(Sec. 502) This title requires each federal agency to submit a monthly report to OIRA for each rule such agency expects to propose or finalize during the following 12 months. The reports must include: (1) a summary of the nature of the rule, (2) the objectives of and legal basis for issuance of the rule, (3) the stage of the rulemaking as of the date of submission, and (4) whether the rule is subject to periodic review as a rule with a significant economic impact.

Each agency must submit a monthly report for any rule expected to be finalized during the following 12 months for which the agency has issued a general notice of proposed rulemaking. The reports must include: (1) an approximate schedule for completing action on the rule; (2) estimates of its cost, economic effects, and any imposition of unfunded mandates; and (3) a list of influential scientific information disseminated by the agency relating to the rule, including any peer review plans for the information.

OIRA must make such monthly reports publicly available on the Internet.

OIRA must publish, not later than October 1 of each year, in the Federal Register: (1) information that OIRA receives from each agency under this title; (2) the number of rules and a list of each such rule that was proposed by each agency and each rule that was finalized by each agency; (3) the number of agency actions that repealed a rule, reduced the scope or cost of a rule, or accelerated the expiration date of a rule; (4) the total cost of all rules proposed or finalized and of any proposed unfunded mandates; and (5) the number of rules for which an estimate of the cost of the rule was not available.

OIRA must make publicly available on the Internet, not later than October 1 of each year: (1) the analysis of the costs or benefits of each proposed or final rule issued by an agency for the preceding year, (2) the docket number and regulation identifier number for each such rule, (3) the number of rules reviewed by the OMB for the preceding year, (4) the number of rules for which a review by the head of an agency was completed, (5) the number of rules submitted to the GAO, and (6) the number of rules for which a resolution of disapproval was introduced in Congress.

The bill prohibits a rule from taking effect until the information required by this title is posted on the Internet for not less than six months, unless: (1) the agency proposing the rule claims a "good cause" exemption from notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures under the APA; or (2) the President determines by executive order that such rule is necessary because of an imminent threat to health or safety or other emergency, for the enforcement of criminal laws, for national security, or to implement an international trade agreement. Such requirement becomes effective eight months after enactment of this title.

TITLE VI--PROVIDING ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH TRANSPARENCY ACT

Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act

(Sec. 602) This title requires the general notice of proposed rulemaking by a federal agency to include the Internet address of a plain-language summary, not exceeding 100 words, of the proposed rule, which shall be posted on the regulations.gov website.


Actions Overview (2)

Date
01/11/2017 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 238 - 183 (Roll no. 45).
01/03/2017 Introduced in House

All Actions (77)

Date Chamber
03/29/2017 Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Hearings held.
Action By: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
01/12/2017 Senate Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
01/11/2017-6:46pm House Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
01/11/2017-6:46pm House On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 238 - 183 (Roll no. 45).
01/11/2017-6:40pm House On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 233 (Roll no. 44).
01/11/2017-6:33pm House The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
01/11/2017-6:27pm House Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Demings motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add an exemption to H.R. 5 for any rules that reduce prescription drugs costs for seniors covered under Medicare Part D.
01/11/2017-6:26pm House Mrs. Demings moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H370)
01/11/2017-6:25pm House The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
01/11/2017-6:25pm House The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5.
01/11/2017-6:25pm House H.Amdt.29 On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment (A014) Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 236 (Roll no. 43).
01/11/2017-6:21pm House H.Amdt.28 On agreeing to the Tonko amendment (A013) Failed by recorded vote: 188 - 235 (Roll no. 42).
01/11/2017-6:17pm House H.Amdt.27 On agreeing to the Scott (VA) amendment (A012) Failed by recorded vote: 195 - 227 (Roll no. 41).
01/11/2017-6:12pm House H.Amdt.26 On agreeing to the Ruiz amendment (A011) Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 233 (Roll no. 40).
01/11/2017-6:07pm House H.Amdt.25 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment (A010) Failed by recorded vote: 188 - 234 (Roll no. 39).
01/11/2017-6:03pm House H.Amdt.24 On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment (A009) Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 232 (Roll no. 38).
01/11/2017-6:00pm House H.Amdt.23 On agreeing to the Castor (FL) amendment (A008) Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 231 (Roll no. 37).
01/11/2017-5:56pm House H.Amdt.20 On agreeing to the Peterson amendment (A005) Agreed to by recorded vote: 260 - 161 (Roll no. 36).
01/11/2017-5:50pm House H.Amdt.16 On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment (A001) Agreed to by recorded vote: 237 - 185 (Roll no. 35).
01/11/2017-5:27pm House UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which were debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
01/11/2017-5:26pm House H.Amdt.30 On agreeing to the Posey amendment (A015) Agreed to by voice vote.
01/11/2017-5:19pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Posey Part A amendment No. 16.
01/11/2017-5:19pm House H.Amdt.30 Amendment (A015) offered by Mr. Posey. (consideration: CR H362-364; text: CR H362)
01/11/2017-5:19pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-5:09pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva Part A amendment No. 14.
01/11/2017-5:09pm House H.Amdt.29 Amendment (A014) offered by Mr. Grijalva. (consideration: CR H361-362, H369-370; text: CR H361)
01/11/2017-5:08pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Tonko amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Tonko demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-5:01pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tonko Part A amendment No. 13.
01/11/2017-5:01pm House H.Amdt.28 Amendment (A013) offered by Mr. Tonko. (consideration: CR H360-361, H368-369; text: CR H360)
01/11/2017-5:01pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Scott (VA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Scott (VA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-4:53pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Scott (VA) Part A amendment No. 12.
01/11/2017-4:53pm House H.Amdt.27 Amendment (A012) offered by Mr. Scott (VA). (consideration: CR H359-360, H367; text: CR H359)
01/11/2017-4:53pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Ruiz amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Ruiz demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-4:49pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruiz Part A amendment No. 11.
01/11/2017-4:49pm House H.Amdt.26 Amendment (A011) offered by Mr. Ruiz. (consideration: CR H358-359, H367-368; text: CR H358)
01/11/2017-4:48pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-4:38pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) Part A amendment No. 10.
01/11/2017-4:38pm House H.Amdt.25 Amendment (A010) offered by Mr. Johnson (GA). (consideration: CR H357-358, H366-367; text: CR H357)
01/11/2017-4:38pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Cicilline amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Marino demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-4:30pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline Part A amendment No. 9.
01/11/2017-4:30pm House H.Amdt.24 Amendment (A009) offered by Mr. Cicilline. (consideration: CR H356-357, H366; text: CR H356)
01/11/2017-4:29pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Castor (FL) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-4:22pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) Part A amendment No. 8.
01/11/2017-4:22pm House H.Amdt.23 Amendment (A008) offered by Ms. Castor (FL). (consideration: CR H355-356, H365-366; text: CR H355)
01/11/2017-4:21pm House H.Amdt.22 On agreeing to the Young (IA) amendment (A007) Agreed to by voice vote.
01/11/2017-4:12pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (IA) Part A amendment No. 7.
01/11/2017-4:12pm House H.Amdt.22 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Young (IA). (consideration: CR H354-355; text: CR H354)
01/11/2017-4:12pm House H.Amdt.21 On agreeing to the Graves (LA) amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.
01/11/2017-4:00pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Graves (LA) Part A amendment No. 6.
01/11/2017-4:00pm House H.Amdt.21 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Graves (LA). (consideration: CR H352-354; text: CR H352)
01/11/2017-3:59pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Peterson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-3:52pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peterson Part A amendment No. 5.
01/11/2017-3:52pm House H.Amdt.20 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Peterson. (consideration: CR H351-352, H364-365; text: CR H351)
01/11/2017-3:50pm House H.Amdt.19 On agreeing to the Velazquez amendment (A004) Failed by voice vote.
01/11/2017-3:39pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Velazquez Part A amendment No. 4.
01/11/2017-3:39pm House H.Amdt.19 Amendment (A004) offered by Ms. Velazquez. (consideration: CR H349-351; text: CR H349-350)
01/11/2017-3:39pm House H.Amdt.18 On agreeing to the Chabot amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
01/11/2017-3:27pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Chabot Part A amendment No. 3.
01/11/2017-3:27pm House H.Amdt.18 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Chabot. (consideration: CR H348-349; text: CR H348)
01/11/2017-3:27pm House H.Amdt.17 On agreeing to the Chaffetz amendment (A002) Agreed to by voice vote.
01/11/2017-3:17pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Chaffetz Part A amendment No. 2.
01/11/2017-3:17pm House H.Amdt.17 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Chaffetz. (consideration: CR H347-348; text: CR H347)
01/11/2017-3:17pm House POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Goodlatte amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
01/11/2017-3:08pm House DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 33, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte Part A amendment No. 1.
01/11/2017-3:08pm House H.Amdt.16 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Goodlatte. (consideration: CR H344-347, H364; text: CR H344)
01/11/2017-1:51pm House GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5.
01/11/2017-1:51pm House House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 33 and Rule XVIII.
01/11/2017-1:51pm House The Speaker designated the Honorable Mike Bost to act as Chairman of the Committee.
01/11/2017-1:50pm House The resolution provides for both bills to be considered under a structured rule for one hour of general debate. The resolution also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions on both H.R. 5 and H.R. 79.
01/11/2017-1:49pm House Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 33. (consideration: CR H323-372; text as reported in House: CR H335-344)
01/09/2017-7:12pm House Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 33 Reported to House. The resolution provides for both bills to be considered under a structured rule for one hour of general debate. The resolution also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions on both H.R. 5 and H.R. 79.
01/05/2017 House Referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law.
Action By: House Judiciary
01/03/2017 House Referred to House Small Business
01/03/2017 House Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
01/03/2017 House Referred to House Judiciary
01/03/2017 House Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/03/2017 House Introduced in House

Titles (19)

Short Titles:

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House:

Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

Short Titles as Passed House for portions of this bill:
  • ALERT Act
  • All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act
  • Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act
  • REVIEW Act
  • Regulatory Accountability Act
  • Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act
  • Separation of Powers Restoration Act
  • Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act

Short Titles as Introduced:

Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill:
  • ALERT Act
  • All Economic Regulations are Transparent Act
  • Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act
  • REVIEW Act
  • Regulatory Accountability Act
  • Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act
  • Separation of Powers Restoration Act
  • Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act

Official Titles:

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced:

To reform the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.


Subjects (22)

  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Administrative remedies
  • Business records
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Competitiveness, trade promotion, trade deficits
  • Congressional oversight
  • Economic performance and conditions
  • Evidence and witnesses
  • Federal appellate courts
  • Federal-Indian relations
  • Forests, forestry, trees
  • Government information and archives
  • Government studies and investigations
  • Industrial policy and productivity
  • Judicial review and appeals
  • Jurisdiction and venue
  • Land use and conservation
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Small Business Administration
  • Small business
  • Tax administration and collection, taxpayers

Cosponsors (25)


Committees (5)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary01/03/2017 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law01/05/2017 Referred to
House Oversight and Government Reform01/03/2017 Referred to
House Small Business01/03/2017 Referred to
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs01/12/2017 Referred to
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship03/29/2017 Hearings by

Related Bills (10)

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