2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Todd Young (R-IN) sponsored H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would delay or shut down the implementation of vital public health and environmental safeguards against polluters dumping toxins into our air and water. The bill -- which requires both houses of Congress to affirmatively approve all significant new public protections before they take effect -- is redundant and unnecessary, since federal agencies can only exercise authority that has been first delegated by Congress in authorizing legislation. Given the paralysis of Congress, the REINS Act is essentially a tool for polluters to scuttle new health and environmental safeguards, which would lead to more premature deaths, illnesses, and other serious health impacts. On August 2, the House approved H.R. 367 by a vote of 232-183 (House roll call vote 445). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.