DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, introduced the Red Tape Reduction Act on Tuesday. The legislation, if passed, would codify and protect five of former President Donald Trump’s most impactful deregulatory executive orders.
The specific executive orders that it would preserve in U.S. Code are:
- Executive Order 13771 (Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs): The order required eliminating two prior regulations for every new regulation issued by an executive branch department or agency.
- Executive Order 13777 (Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda): This order requires each agency to establish an official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO) to oversee the implementation of regulatory reform and evaluate existing regulations for job creation, effectiveness, and cost/benefit analysis.
- Executive Order 13891 (Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents): Prohibits federal agencies from issuing binding rules through guidance documents without Congressional approval.
- Executive Order 13892 (Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administration Enforcement and Adjudication): Requires agencies to be transparent by providing public and fair notice of any regulation an agency will apply and enforce to prevent administrative abuses.
- Executive Order 13893 (Increasing Government Accountability for Administrative Actions by Reinvigorating Administrative PAYGO): Requires agencies to find a ay to cut spending when they put forward a proposal to increase spending.
Hinson pointed out Trump’s work to reduce red tape within the federal bureaucracy, something she said President Joe Biden has sought to undo.
“President Trump worked to unravel the regulatory web in Washington and pull back the heavy hand of government that hurts small businesses, farmers, and workers. Coupled with tax cuts, this unleashed the strongest economy in modern history,” she said in a released statement. “Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has rescinded many successful deregulatory policies and is embracing a big government mindset that will pull down our economy when we most need growth and hurt rural communities in Iowa. That’s why I introduced legislation to save President Trump’s deregulatory agenda and make his pro-growth policies permanent.”
Jerry Akers, a small business owner from Cedar Rapids who owns 29 Great Clips salons across Iowa and Nebraska, said that increased federal regulations make it harder for businesses like his to operate.
“These requirements often make absolutely no sense and do far more harm than good. Now, more than ever, we need the government to get out of the way and stay out of the way,” he said.
Iowans for Tax Relief also applauded the bill.
“Iowans for Tax Relief applauds the ongoing work of Congresswoman Hinson to protect Iowans from burdensome regulation. The Red Tape Reduction Act shows Congresswoman Hinson’s commitment to get government out of the way and to preserve important pieces of President Trump’s successful pro-growth, free-market agenda,” Chris Hagenow, vice president of Iowans for Tax Relief, told The Iowa Torch in an email.
Read the bill below:HINSON_012_xml_SIGNED