Warren's Bill Presents Progressive Vision for Rulemaking Reform
Center for Progressive Reform 2018-11-08
Given the enormous success of regulations, you would think that lawmakers - at least progressive ones - would be eager to extol their virtues and champion reforms to strengthen our regulatory system. But you would be wrong. Instead, apparently seduced by the conservative siren song that decries regulations as incompatible with job creation, economic growth, or even "freedom," progressive lawmakers have adopted a much meeker, almost apologetic tone. Thankfully, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has broken from this pattern with the release of the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act. Her bill provides a comprehensive blueprint for ridding our federal institutions of excessive corporate influence while restoring the principle of government "of the people, by the people, and for the people." This entire blueprint is critical in this political era, but it is the bill's "Rulemaking Reform" part that is especially noteworthy. It lays the groundwork for a new, progressive vision of regulation.