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Tipton: Comment Period is for Listening, Not Distorting Reality

September 15, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Scott Tipton issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Regulatory Integrity Act (H.R. 5226), a bill that would prohibit a federal agency from employing lobbying efforts to promote its own rule during the public comment period and require the agency to publish in one place all statements it has made about its proposed regulation:

“Today, the House acted to restore the integrity of the regulatory process and preserve the rights Americans have to help shape the federal policies that impact their lives.

“In 2015, we saw the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launch a covert public relations campaign to promote its proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Partnering with third party groups, the EPA directed people to contact Congress and share their support for the WOTUS rule, but the agency never identified itself as the promoter of most of the outreach.

“Federal regulations are meant to keep our communities safe and secure; but unfortunately, agencies increasingly overstep their authority in order to promote this Administration’s political agenda. During public comment periods, federal agencies should be listening to the feedback of the individuals and groups who would be impacted by a proposed rule, not implementing a secret strategy to distort reality.”