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H.R. 3972 (116th): Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2019

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About the bill

This could allow a House or Senate to overturn rules supported by a president of the opposite party.


During President Obama’s eight years in office, his administration issued 496 rules or regulations which cost $100 million or more, for an average of 62 per year.

While that’s decreasing significantly under President Trump, his administration issued 22 and 37 such regulations in his first two years, respectively.

What the legislation does

The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require any federal agency’s proposed rule or regulation be approved by both chambers of Congress within 70 legislative days.

In practice, this could allow even a single branch which lost the popular vote to block any $100M+ regulation it dislikes. For example, in 2013 ...

Sponsor and status

James Sensenbrenner Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 22 pages
Jul 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 25, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

See Instead

S. 92 (same title)
Ordered Reported — Jul 22, 2020



Jul 25, 2019

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

H.R. 3972 (116th) 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 H.R. 3972. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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