Hopefully they are not just “throwaway” statements…..
In a crowded GOP presidential field rife with discord, there is at least one thing the candidates agree on: Dramatic steps must be taken to slow the pace of federal regulation.
And while Republican White House hopefuls are united in their view that federal rulemakers have run amok during the Obama administration, their plans to slash red tape vary widely in terms of scope and substance.
An analysis of the candidates’ regulatory platforms found cost-cutting proposals that range from formal policies to blanket vows to cracking down on particular agencies to doing away with many of President Obama’s signature rules.
Last week, for instance, Ohio Gov. John Kasich rolled out a regulatory platform that includes a one-year moratorium on all major new rules to “give businesses a respite from the costs of Obama administration regulations and allow time to overhaul the regulatory process.”
This proposed overhaul includes a mandatory cost-benefit analysis for all new regulations, a measure that other candidates —retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) — have also proposed.
In what Rubio calls a “national regulatory budget,” he proposes agencies establish regulatory budget caps and balance costs and benefits.
Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he would require regulators to live within a budget: Every dollar of a proposed rule’s cost would require agencies to find a dollar in regulatory relief.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a similar plan. Under his “regulatory zero” rule, however, a regulation of equal cost must be set to expire or immediately removed for each new rule imposed.
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) went a step further, saying he believes two rules should be repealed for each new one proposed.
Paul has strongly advocated for rolling back agency’s regulatory authority. Earlier this year, he introduced the House-passed Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act in the Senate to give Congress the final say over all major rules.
The bill failed to make it out of committee but attracted support from businesswoman Carly Fiorina and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both rival presidential candidates.
Fiorina said she plans to unilaterally roll back the rules Obama issued through executive orders and perform a top-to-bottom review of all new rules. In addition to cost-benefit analysis, she said, rules need to have expiration dates and Congress needs to have authority to oversee them.
“We actually are no longer a nation of laws. We’ve become a nation of rules,” Fiorina said in an interview on RFD-TV earlier this month.
One of the most detailed plans comes from Santorum, who proposes repealing ObamaCare, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and any Obama administration regulation with an annual economic impact greater than $100 million.
While their plans differ, virtually all the candidates have regularly criticized the current state of regulation with fiery remarks and promises to take on federal red tape if elected.
“From Common Core to the IRS to the EPA, the Washington political machine’s mind-numbing regulatory insanity and overreach needs to be burned to the ground so we can rebuild America,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared in a statement.