MRAA joined several other
pro-business trade associations under leadership of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce by signing a letter of support for H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less
Excess in Regulations and Requiring Transparency (ALERT) Act. The letter was
sent to all members of the House of Representatives.
H.R. 2804 includes major
principles of accountability, transparency and fairness drawn directly from
several bills. The bill passed the House by a vote of 236-179, with the support
of 10 Democrats.
Taken together, reforms of the ALERT Act would
allow Congress and the public to reassert control over a federal regulatory
bureaucracy that is unaccountable and unfair to business. Specifically, provisions
of the bill would: (1) Require federal agencies to submit monthly and annual
reports of planned new rulemakings, including estimated costs and benefits to
the public; (2) Ensure greater transparency during rule development by allowing
public access to data on which an agency relies and requiring agencies to consider
lower cost options; (3) Allow stakeholders to receive notice of draft
settlements and be given an opportunity for involvement in the drafting
process; and (4) Expand the required scope of regulatory impact analysis.