Press Releases

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2016
Contact: Beth Breeding 2022255431


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives today passed the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 1155) by a vote of 245-174..

The bill seeks to establish a blue-ribbon review committee to provide Congress with recommendations for the elimination of obsolete or unnecessary regulations that are costly to the American people. The goal of the SCRUB Act is to achieve at least a fifteen percent reduction in the overall cost of current federal regulation, with minimal reduction in federal regulatory effectiveness. 

Additionally, the legislation requires the Commission’s annual and final repeal recommendations to be presented to Congress for an up or down vote. Once Congress approves the recommendations, repeal must take place.

According to a recent estimate, the federal regulatory burden has reached $1.86 trillion, which adds up to approximately $15,000 annually per U.S. household. The same study concluded that Americans worked an estimated 77 days per year to cover the cost of federal regulations that are a burden on families and businesses large and small.  

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, praised today’s passage of the SCRUB Act:

“The SCRUB Act is about helping hardworking Americans. It is about providing one more measure of certainty that could make the difference in a recent graduate’s decision of whether to take the calculated risk to launch a start-up or a local hardware store owner’s decision of whether to keep the doors open another year. The people behind these businesses are real, and they employ real people. These hardworking Americans are whom Washington regulators have forgotten, but they are what this bill is all about.

“There is no good reason to impose unnecessary regulation on Americans struggling to make ends meet. The SCRUB Act will help eliminate outdated and unnecessary federal regulations that still on the book. This is common sense bill that is long overdue.”

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