Why we’re doing this

Communications • March 1, 2017

“We made a promise to the American people: their voice matters in our government.”

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House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) spoke on the House Floor yesterday to show her support for Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)’s bill, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome Act, or SCRUB Act (H.R. 998), which passed the House moments ago.

Chair McMorris Rodgers’s remarks, as delivered:

Mr. Speaker, America is home to some of the most creative, innovative, inspirational people imaginable.

When empowered, Americans design and build in ways that change the world – and change it for the better.

But far too often, our innovators are bogged down by red tape thanks to a government that thinks it knows better than them how to think, how to believe, how to run their businesses, and how to live their lives.

It’s not only making life more difficult – it costs us nearly $2 trillion a year. That’s about $15,000 per family.

So we’re rolling back these regulations, and offering much-needed relief to families and businesses across the country.

Thanks to my good friend Rep. Jason Smith’s leadership, the SCRUB Act provides another powerful tool that gives more control back to the American people through their representatives.

This bill creates a long-overdue process to identify ineffective, outdated, and duplicative regulations for repeal, with priority given to older, major – more expensive – rules.

We made a promise to the American people: their voice matters in our government.

We are going to do whatever we can to restore that voice and put it at the center of every decision we make.

I’m proud of Rep. Smith’s work to rein in government. I’m proud to support this bill and I urge our colleagues to do the same.

Thank you and I yield back.

NOTE: Introduced by Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), Secretary of the House Republican Conference, the SCRUB Act creates a bipartisan commission to retroactively review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce their cumulative costs. This bill is part of the ongoing efforts of the unified Republican government to rein in intrusive regulations, which includes sending an unprecedented number of Congressional Review Act resolutions to the President’s desk.