Claeys Testifies on REINS Act on Capitol Hill

Professor Eric Claeys testified at a March 5 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee on the “REINS (Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act: Promoting Jobs, Growth and American Competitiveness.”

James Gattuso, senior research fellow in regulatory policy in the Heritage Foundation’s Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, and Ronald Levin, professor of law at the Washington University School of Law, also appeared as witnesses at the Capitol Hill hearing.

Testifying for the second time on the topic, Claeys addressed three areas: the REINS Act’s constitutionality; how several leading policy arguments interrelate with the constitutional case for the Act; and three common objections to the Act.

“The REINS Act tightens the connection between the federal government’s policy making and electoral accountability. Members of this House may reasonably conclude that a few extra votes each Congress are an acceptable price to pay to make the federal government more responsible to the people for the policies it implements by major rules,” Claeys commented in concluding his testimony.