Federal regulations often do more harm than good. Executive agencies abuse vague legislation to issue rules, without the consent of Congress and without consideration to their impact on our lives, jobs, or the economy as a whole.
Agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seem more interested in harassing industry, agriculture, and energy producers out of business to pursue an ideological agenda, than ensuring commonsense standards.
I am particularly concerned about the impact of arbitrary regulations on agriculture. In recent years the federal government has attempted to regulate farm dust, prohibit children from helping on their family farms, deploy OSHA inspectors on small farms, and apply the Clean Water Act to non-navigable waters. The EPA has even tried to enforce their unnecessary rules with surveillance flights. I have opposed and fought each of these efforts.
In addition to fighting individual cases of regulatory overreach, I believe we must reform the regulatory process. I support several legislative efforts, including the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, which would require Congressional consent before regulations with a significant impact on the economy could be enforced on the American people.