Rep. Todd Young renews call to enact his REINS Act on heels of Supreme Court Clean Power Plan decision

Washington, D.C. – February 16, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Todd Young (R-IN)  issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked implementation of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan:

“This unprecedented decision to halt of one of President Obama’s signature regulations speaks to the flawed foundation on which his expansive regulatory regime stands,” said Young.

“For those of us fighting to restore sanity to the runaway regulatory process, the timing of this court decision is apt. Few can dispute that Washington’s encroachment into every facet of our local business sector has hit an all-time high, while the broader economy has flat-lined.”

“Mandates in Obama’s Clean Power Plan are among the most egregious of his tenure and Hoosiers will see a detrimental impact to grid reliability and higher consumer costs as a result. While I’m immensely pleased Hoosiers won’t be subjected to this executive overreach before the courts review its legality, I’d renew my call for Congress to do more.  Regulatory reforms like my REINS Act could altogether eliminate the need for states and private citizens to defend their sovereignty in court up against a mammoth federal government’s endless pockets.”

Background:

Last year, 29 states joined together to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)over what they say is “the most far-reaching and burdensome rule EPA has ever forced onto the states.”

At a recent Conservative Policy Summit, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan argued that Rep. Young’s REINS Act is “how we get to lasting change” while discussing the need for broad regulatory reform to restore the balance of powers between the legislative branch and the executive branch.

According to Rep. Young, his REINS Act legislation is needed because over the years, vaguely worded legislation has ceded executive agencies undue authority to fill in the blanks left by Congress. His bill would also provide a mechanism whereby the American electorate can hold lawmakers accountable for Washington policies that have a major economic impact.

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