ABC is committed to reforming the broken federal regulatory process and ensuring industry stakeholders' voices are heard and rights are protected.
• Comprehensive regulatory reform should include across-the-board requirements for agencies to evaluate the risks, weigh the costs and assess the benefits of regulations. This will better allocate limited resources and target efforts toward achieving the construction industry’s collective environmental, health and safety goals.
• Periodic review of regulations to ensure they are necessary, current and cost-effective. The construction industry should not be forced to operate according to burdensome, unjustified, outdated or inappropriate rules.
• Legislation that would reform the Administrative Procedure Act by strengthening existing checks on federal agencies. This would foster more cost-effective regulations through a more transparent process.
• Legislation that would require federal agencies to more closely examine regulatory impacts on small businesses.
• Legislation that would streamline the current process for developers and contractors to obtain federal environmental permits and approvals. This would prevent jobs from being deferred or never being created because of dysfunctional permitting processes.
• Unnecessary, burdensome and costly regulations resulting from the efforts of Washington bureaucrats who have little accountability for their actions.
• Sub-regulatory, “de facto” rulemaking, in which regulatory provisions are proposed as guidance or administrative interpretations in an effort to circumvent federal rulemaking procedures and avoid stakeholder participation.
ABC members understand the value of standards and regulations when they are based on solid evidence, with appropriate consideration paid to implementation costs and input from the business community. In some cases, regulations are based on conjecture and speculation, lacking foundation in sound scientific analysis.
For the construction industry, unjustified and unnecessary regulations translate to higher costs, which are then passed along to the consumer or lead to construction projects becoming unaffordable. This chain reaction ultimately results in fewer projects and hinders businesses’ ability to hire and expand.
Federal agencies must be held accountable for full compliance with existing rulemaking statutes and requirements when promulgating regulations to ensure they are necessary, current and cost-effective for businesses to implement.
ABC has supported several bills on regulatory reform during the 115th Congress, including the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017 (H.R. 26), the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 (H.R. 21) and the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5), all of which passed the U.S. House of Representatives. On Jan. 30, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771 on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” which cuts the amount of regulations created and implements a so-called “one in, two out” policy. Additionally, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777 on “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which establishes Regulatory Reform Officers to oversee regulatory reform within government agencies and creates the Regulatory Reform Task Force.