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Communications • March 1, 2017

“Rep. Mitchell’s first bill is an opportunity to restore confidence in representative government.”

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement in support of Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI)’s first bill, the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act (H.R.1009), which passed the House moments ago.

“I’m thankful for Rep. Mitchell’s leadership as we continue to cut the red tape that stands between Americans and their dreams. Mitchell’s first bill is an opportunity to restore confidence in representative government. His work comes at a time when we’ve passed an unprecedented number of Congressional Review Act resolutions — Rep. Bradley Byrne’s today being the latest — which roll back the Obama-era regulations we’ve seen hurting families and businesses across the country. Rules and regulations shouldn’t be created in a vacuum; they should be crafted by the people, through their representatives, to keep the Executive Branch in check. This bill strengthens that role and improves transparency by increasing congressional oversight over the regulatory process. Our efforts are important, because our greatest responsibility is to listen to the American people. We are their voice, after all.”

NOTE: The OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act (H.R.1009) strengthens congressional oversight over the regulatory process by putting the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) review authority into statute. It is one of a series of bills passed this week that focus on reining in executive overreach, which includes Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)’s Regulatory Integrity Act, Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)’s SCRUB Act, and the Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)’s Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval.