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Anti-overregulation bill dying in Senate committee


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), along with two dozen co-sponsors, has authored a bill that would bar all federal agencies from finalizing any pending rules or voluntary guidance documents that could significantly impact the economy. The moratorium would remain in place until unemployment returns to the level it was when the President took office (7.7%).

The Regulation Moratorium and Jobs Preservation Act of 2011 (S. 1438) would apply to any "significant regulatory action," meaning any regulatory action that is likely to result in a rule or guidance that may have an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more, or adversely affect in a material way the economy, or jobs, or materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs, or raise novel legal or policy issues.

Alas, nothing has happened since the bill was referred to committee in July.

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