House Bill Would Protect Americans from Knowing Reasons for Proposed Regulations

The House passed a regulatory-transparency bill on Thursday to limit regulatory transparency. The Regulatory Integrity Act actually does some shit that might be–is the word “good”?–let’s go with “good.” The bill could prove very fucking useful if anyone other than K Street pays attention to it: It requires agencies to post online a list of every proposed rule and regulation they are working on, a description of what those rules do, the status of each proposed rule in the finalization process, and the timeline of benchmarks toward completion.

All of those requirements open the doors not just to K Street but to real fucking people to weigh in, drum up public support/opposition, and do the work of being a human in a representative democracy.

Here’s what it also does, because OF COURSE: It prevents regulators from advocating for the rules they want to make. That’s the benign, GOP way of putting it. Let’s try this way! —-> The House bill says that U.S. citizens can not find out from government regulators the fucking reason WHY they are proposing their rules.

In other words, K Street will be able to find out what rules are on the way in time to get Congress to stop it…while the American people will not be allowed to know why these rules are on the way. Unless, of course, We. Do. The. Fucking. Work.

more: Hill