Chamber Cheers Regulatory Accountability Act Introduced in U.S. Senate
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is cheering the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) that was introduced in the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support from Senators Rob Portman (OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND). The introduction of the RAA is a huge step forward in making regulatory reform a reality in the 115th Congress.
“The business community asked the U.S. Senate in February to take action to make regulatory reform a reality and they did just that today,” said Diannah Tatum, Lubbock Chamber Chairwoman.
This milestone is due in large part to the participation in the multi-association letter that the Chamber was part of that included trade associations and state and local chambers of commerce. The letter urged the Senate to introduce the RAA earlier this year and it received enthusiastic support from 616 cosigners from all 50 states.
The House passed the RAA with a bipartisan vote of 238-183 on January 11, 2017. Congressman Jodey Arrington voted in favor of the legislation, an action for which the Chamber expressed its appreciation.
Lubbock Chamber members’ frustration with regulatory overload led the Chamber to take part in five lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Labor in 2016.