Claeys Testifies on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, March 8, Professor Eric Claeys testified at a House Judiciary Committee Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee legislative hearing on H.R. 10, the “Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011” (REINS).

In his prepared testimony, Claeys stated, “Since the Great Society, Congress has granted to many new federal agencies power to promulgate binding legislative rules—I would prefer to say ‘laws’—and it has acquiesced in already-established agencies’ asserting the same powers. The REINS Act proposes to make Congress take stronger responsibility for enacting the specific and binding legal rules that regulate the conduct of American citizens, firms, and other associations for ‘major rules’ as defined in the Act."

"The REINS Act strengthens several important features of republican and constitutional government—most of all, the connection between legislation, electoral politics, and ordered liberty,” he added.

Also providing testimony at the hearing were witnesses David Shoenbrod, professor of law at New York Law School, and David Goldstein, director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council.