Unilateral regulatory action by executive branch agencies should not hinder economic growth and place undue burden on businesses. Any new regulations should have the public interest in mind and feedback from interested parties. I strongly support legislation that reduces or consolidates the number of existing regulations, and I believe all rules that will seriously impact the economy should have a cost estimate attached and go before Congress for approval.
One of my top priorities in Congress is stopping this so-called "backdoor legislating" in which government agencies like the EPA decide to single-handedly impose new, aggressive regulations. Our Constitution separates the powers of government among the three branches and sets up a system of checks and balances to ensure the people – not the government – are ultimately in charge.
Our laws have legitimacy because they are passed by representatives elected by and accountable to the people. That system is undermined when career bureaucrats in federal agencies are allowed to impose unilateral, binding regulations.
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Throughout the eight long years of the Obama Administration, Alabamians suffered under an overly-empowered regulatory state that burdened hardworking men and women and their businesses with countless harmful federal regulations. This type of overreach was seen across the many federal agencies, but perhaps none more blatantly than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I am very pleased that over the last year and a half, our unified Republican government has worked to dismantle this Obama-era regulatory regime.