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S. 119 (115th): Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017

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About the bill

The Obama Administration skyrocketed a previously little-used method of implementing regulations by agencies like the EPA. A bill that just passed the House, the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, would end the practice.


Executive branch agencies such as the EPA had, during the Obama Administration, increasingly used a tactic derisively nicknamed by opponents as “sue and settle.”

Under this approach, a (usually pre-arranged) _supportive _individual or organization, such as a progressive activist group, will sue an agency like the EPA, rather than the agency being sued by an opponent as usually occurs. Then the agency will settle out-of-court by agreeing to implement a new regulation or order, which is what the agency and the suing party both wanted all along.

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Sponsor and status

Charles “Chuck” Grassley

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 15 pages
Jan 12, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 12, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


10 Cosponsors (10 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Grassley: Administrator Pruitt’s directive marks a strong step toward ensuring that states and American job creators have a seat at the table
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Sponsor) on Nov 1, 2017

Senators Collins, King, and Representative Pingree Announce Nearly $300,000 for USMs TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program
    — Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] on Oct 2, 2018

Senators Collins, King, and Representative Pingree Announce Nearly $300,000 for USM’s TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program
    — Sen. Angus King [I-ME] on Oct 2, 2018

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Jan 12, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 119 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 119. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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