Thursday, January 8, 2015

Accountability Act

Statement by Bob Stallman, President,
American Farm Bureau Federation,
Regarding the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015

WASHINGTON--“The American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015. We applaud the leadership of Reps. Robert Goodlatte and Collin Peterson in reintroducing this measure, which has traditionally received bipartisan support, and we will work actively for swift approval by Congress.

“The Regulatory Accountability Act takes an important step towards updating and reinvigorating the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). That law is now nearly seven decades old and must be amended to ensure that the public and the regulated community, in particular, are afforded a transparent, fair and open regulatory process. This legislation would require agencies to be more open and transparent on data justifying a rule. The most costly rules would be subject to on-the-record hearings. Agencies would be required to consider such rules’ impact on jobs and the economy. Moreover, agencies’ ability to use guidance and interim final rules would be constrained.

“Goodlatte-Peterson updates to the APA will give all stakeholders a greater voice in a process that is too often one-sided and, frankly, unfair. 

“Everything from the environment to trade, product safety and health, the fertility of farmland, even the security of our retirements, suffer when rule makers fail to take into account the harm they may cause.

“We need something better than attack, counterattack and litigation. We strongly urge all members of Congress to support this bill.”

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