Modern statutes and executive orders are intended to ensure that new regulations do more good than harm—that is, to produce more benefits than costs. Despite these nominal protections, some say the accumulation of regulations threaten the nation’s economic growth and well-being. As a result, the 114th Congress is considering various regulatory reform proposals designed to help ensure that new regulations make Americans better off and that existing regulations are evaluated and modified as necessary. Some of the proposals would enhance economic analysis of regulations, while others seek structural reform including stronger legislative control and judicial review of the administrative rulemaking. While none of these bills has been enacted, several of them have bipartisan support and some have passed one house. Which proposals are best, and why? Are there proposals yet to be made that would be better yet?
This panel was presented during the Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference on May 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
Welcome & Address:
- Hon. Heidi Heitkamp, United States Senate, North Dakota
- Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society
- Hon. Susan E. Dudley, Director of the Regulatory Studies Center, The George Washington University
- Mr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Senior Counsel and Head of Regulatory Advocacy, General Electric Company
- Hon. Jeffrey A. Rosen, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
- Moderator: Mr. Adam White, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
The Mayflower Hotel