States have an important constitutional role to play as a check and balance on the federal government.
That’s how America’s Founders designed our system, and for good reason: They knew that as government grows beyond its boundaries, liberty shrinks.
And that’s why states shouldn’t just accept executive orders and new funding from Washington, D.C. without discussion and approval. More oversight is needed.
What Can States Do to Increase Federal Transparency and Accountability?
- Require legislative approval before any federal funding is accepted by the state or dispersed.
- Strengthen the state review process for federal executive orders.
How Legislative and Executive Oversight Helps Florida Cut and Control Red Tape
Florida’s legislative approval requirement for million-dollar rules, along with its comprehensive executive review process, has helped the state cut and control red tape. Other states should learn from Florida’s success by adopting policies to strengthen legislative and executive oversight on bureaucratic agencies.READ MORE
House Majority Passes the REINS Act to Put the American People Back in Charge of Washington, D.C.
Today, the House of Representatives passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 277). Authored by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL), the REINS Act requires congressional approval of any rule or regulation with an economic impact greater than $100 million annually before it can be implemented. The final bill also includes the LIBERTY Act by Rep. Dave Joyce, an amendment that ensures agency guidance also receives congressional review.READ MORE
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