Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will affect any future governmental action taken for environmental standards, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety.
The bill is called REINS Act, and it calls for any major regulation that is related to the Executive Agency should be first passed as a resolution in the House of Congress within 70 days. This means that in the Republican-dominated House, environmental regulations that involve corporates’ interest would be unlikely to pass.
If this law is put into action, the Congress will have every regulation proposed on its table. Since environmental regulations that are put due to climate change are under controversial issues, the possibility of passing these regulatory and standard laws will technically be impossible, and this will only benefit large corporates.
For example, if the REINS Act were in effect, the new Chemical Safety Act (CSA) would not pass under the Republican Congress. The CSA urges the EPA to set standards for 10 largely used toxic chemicals to be reviewed for the sake of the citizens’ health.
Not only that but the House passed a legislation to repeal all the regulatory actions agreed in the last eight months Obama administration. In fact, the Congress’s lack of experience in technical competence should be taken into consideration if they are to pass these regulations.
The REINS Act was passed for 237 against 187. All Republicans and two Democrats joined the ‘in favor’ group. Later, it was realized that there were only one Reuters and a Washington Post article related to the law that was passed.
In conclusion, the Senate refused to pass the bill; yet, even the fact that it was passed in the House was enough for many politicians to worry. It is said by many that if this Act is tried to be passed again in the Senate, a 40 years of progress in environmental protection, civil rights, and labor standards can be put in danger.