Friday, March 24, 2017

Congress Can Make Regulators Accountable

And the FDA would be a good place to start

by Henry I. Miller and Jeff Stier National Review  March 23, 2017

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future," Yogi Berra famously (and apocryphally) said"  but we're going to hazard one anyway. Because the need for less-intrusive and more-cost-effective regulation is a core belief in both the GOP majority in Congress and the Trump administration, much-needed regulatory rollbacks will be an ongoing storyline in 2017 and beyond.
In a December 60 Minutes interview, House speaker Paul Ryan spoke of the need for regulatory reform:
There are a lot of regulations that are really just crushing jobs. Look at the coal miners in the Rust Belt that are getting out of work, . . . the loggers and the timber workers and the paper mills on the West Coast, . . . the ranchers or farmers in the Midwest. . . . We're talking about smarter regulations that actually help us grow jobs in this country.
Leaving no doubt about the centrality of regulatory reform on the congressional to-do list, Speaker Ryan also said, "So we think regulatory relief is very, very important. And that's something we're going to work on day one."  He wasn't kidding.  .....
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