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H.R. 4745 (ih) To amend the National Environmental Education Act to redesignate the Act as the ``John H. Chafee Environmental Education Act'', to establish the John H. Chafee Memorial Fellowship Program, to extend the programs under the Act, and for other...
Union Calendar No. 441 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4744 [Report No. 106-772] To require the General Accounting Office to report to Congress on economically significant rules of Federal agencies, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 26, 2000 Mrs. Kelly (for herself and Mr. McIntosh) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform July 20, 2000 Additional sponsors: Mr. Armey, Mr. Wamp, Mr. Talent, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Barcia, Mr. Weldon of Pennsylvania, Mr. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mr. Hoekstra, and Mr. Lewis of Kentucky July 20, 2000 Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To require the General Accounting Office to report to Congress on economically significant rules of Federal agencies, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Truth in Regulating Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) many Federal regulations have improved the quality of life of the American public, however, uncontrolled increases in regulatory costs and lost opportunities for better regulation should not be continued; (2) the legislative branch has a responsibility to ensure that laws passed by Congress are properly implemented by the executive branch; and (3) in order for the legislative branch to fulfill its responsibilities to ensure that laws passed by Congress are implemented in an efficient, effective, and fair manner, the Congress requires accurate and reliable information on which to base decisions. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are to-- (1) increase the transparency of important regulatory decisions; (2) promote effective congressional oversight to ensure that agency rules fulfill statutory requirements in an efficient, effective, and fair manner; and (3) increase the accountability of Congress and the agencies to the people they serve. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act, the term-- (1) ``agency'' has the meaning given such term under section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code; (2) ``economically significant rule'' means any proposed or final rule, including an interim or direct final rule, that may have an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities, or for which an agency has prepared an initial or final regulatory flexibility analysis pursuant to section 603 or 604 of title 5, United States Code; and (3) ``independent evaluation'' means a substantive evaluation of the agency's and the public's data, methodology, and assumptions used in developing the economically significant rule, and any additional evaluation that the Comptroller General determines to be necessary, including-- (A) an explanation of how any strengths or weaknesses in those data, methodology, and assumptions support or detract from conclusions reached by the agency; and (B) the implications, if any, of those strengths or weaknesses for the rulemaking. SEC. 4. REPORT ON RULES. (a) In General.-- (1) Request for review.--When an agency publishes an economically significant rule, a chairman or ranking member of a committee of jurisdiction of either House of Congress may request the Comptroller General of the United States to review the rule. (2) Report.--The Comptroller General shall submit a report on each economically significant rule selected under paragraph (4) to the committees of jurisdiction in each House of Congress not later than 180 calendar days after a committee request is received, or in the case of a request for review of a notice of proposed rulemaking or an interim final rulemaking, by not later than the end of the 60-calendar-day period beginning on the date the committee request is received, or the end of the period for submission of comment regarding the rulemaking, whichever is later. The report shall include an independent evaluation of the economically significant rule by the Comptroller General. (3) Independent evaluation.--The independent evaluation of the economically significant rule by the Comptroller General under paragraph (2) shall include-- (A) an evaluation of the potential benefits of the rule, including any beneficial effects that cannot be quantified in monetary terms and the identification of the persons or entities likely to receive the benefits; (B) an evaluation of the potential costs of the rule, including any adverse effects that cannot be quantified in monetary terms and the identification of the persons or entities likely to bear the costs; (C) an evaluation of any alternative approaches that could achieve the same goal in a more cost- effective manner or that could provide greater net benefits, and, if applicable, a brief explanation of any statutory reasons why such alternatives could not be adopted; (D) an evaluation of the regulatory impact analysis, federalism assessment, or other analysis or assessment prepared by the agency or required for the economically significant rule; and (E) a summary of the results of the evaluation of the Comptroller General and the implications of those results, including an evaluation of any changes from the proposed rule made by the agency in the final rule. (4) Procedures for priorities of requests.--In consultation with the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Comptroller General shall develop procedures for determining the priority and number of those requests for review under paragraph (1) that will be reported under paragraph (2). The procedures shall give the highest priority to requests regarding a notice of proposed rulemaking, and to requests regarding an interim final rulemaking. (b) Authority of Comptroller General.--Each agency shall promptly cooperate with the Comptroller General in carrying out this Act. Nothing in this Act is intended to expand or limit the authority of the General Accounting Office. SEC. 5. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to the General Accounting Office to carry out this Act $5,200,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2003. SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE; SUNSET PROVISION. (a) Effective Date.--This Act shall take effect 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Sunset Provision.--This Act shall not apply with respect to rules published on or after the date that is 3 years after the effective date of this Act. Union Calendar No. 441 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4744 [Report No. 106-772] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To require the General Accounting Office to report to Congress on economically significant rules of Federal agencies, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ July 20, 2000 Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed
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