Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) voted in favor of legislation that limits “sue-and-settle” litigation to increase transparency and reinforce the separation of powers. The bill, H.R. 2804, reforms standards that would require federal agencies to take regulatory action through settlement agreements. The bill passed the House today on a 236-179 vote and will now be considered by the Senate.
“Our regulatory system must be protected from the influence of outside activists who seek to legislate through lawsuits, not Congress. The measure we passed today will stymie “sue and settle” tactics that seek to increase costly regulations without public input, require that the costs of new regulations be considered and increase transparency in federal agencies,” said LaMalfa. “My colleagues in the House and I hope the Senate will see the benefits of this bill, and act swiftly to send it to the President.”
H.R. 2804 combines several bills that increase transparency and Congressional oversight during the rulemaking process, codify requirements for cost-benefit analyses and reforms to prevent the “sue and settle” tactics that outside groups use to force regulatory changes.