H.R. 1493: Sunshine and Regulatory Decrees and Settlement Act of 2013

By at 26 February, 2014, 1:33 pm

The Honorable Douglas Collins

Unites States House of Representatives

513 Cannon Building

Washington, DC  20515
Dear Congressman Collins:

On behalf of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) and its 100,000 members, we are pleased to support H.R. 1493, the Sunshine and Regulatory Decrees and Settlement Act of 2013.

A recent survey by SBE Council’s Center for Regulatory Solutions found that Americans have no idea how the regulatory system works and feel they have no voice in the process: 64% of Americans said that regulations are “created in a way that does not consider their real-world impact,” 72% believe regulations are “created in a closed, secretive process,” and 68% believe regulations are created by “out-of-touch” people trying to push a political agenda. Overwhelmingly, Americans think regulation is hurting job creation, the economy, small business and our nation’s competitiveness.  H.R. 1493 will provide much-needed relief for small businesses, entrepreneurship, and the United States economy, as well as openness and fairness to the federal regulatory system that it currently lacks.

All too often and in secret, special interest groups conspire with federal agencies and file lawsuits against them alleging that an action has been unlawfully delayed or unreasonably withheld.  In many cases, the outcome of these legal actions – the “settle” – is burdensome regulation that is imposed on American small businesses.  H.R. 1493 would cause the federal agencies to publish all these actions, so the public can see, review, and comment on the actions.  This is the kind of reform and transparency our system needs, and SBE Council is pleased to work with you and your colleagues in the United States House of Representatives to advance this bill into law.


Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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