NRCA Supports Trump’s Focus on Reducing Regulatory Burdens

Dennis Conway, chairman of NRCA’s board of directors, has issued the following statement:

“NRCA welcomes the administration’s focus on reducing regulatory burdens on entrepreneurs, our nation’s job creators. The roofing industry has endured a wide array of regulations issued by federal agencies in recent years, and NRCA members consistently indicate regulatory reform is one of their top priorities.

“The Executive Order issued on Jan. 30 requires each federal agency to identify two existing regulations that will be cut for every new rule proposed. For the remainder of fiscal year 2017, any additional regulations issued by the federal government must be completely offset by repealing existing rules. For fiscal year 2018 and beyond, the Executive Order establishes a reformed regulatory process for newly proposed regulations. It also contains exceptions for regulations related to the military, national security or foreign affairs and those related to agency organization, management or personnel.

“The Executive Order appears to be consistent with NRCA’s longstanding support for regulatory reform that ensures regulations achieve public policy goals without imposing unreasonable burdens on businesses. We look forward to reviewing more details regarding how this Executive Order will be implemented, and we encourage the administration to work closely with Congress to develop sound regulatory policies in a manner consistent with American law and values.”

NRCA Supports Regulatory Reform

This statement is attributable to: William Good, Executive Vice President, National Roofing Contractors Association

NRCA commends the House for its approval of the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 185). This legislation is desperately needed to provide businesses with relief from excessive government regulations. The House approved the bill on a bipartisan vote of 250-175.

Roofing contractors face an unprecedented combination of regulations issued by the federal government, including rules issued by the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and National Labor Relations Board, among others. The cumulative burden of counterproductive regulations is highly disruptive to entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow a business. Moreover, some regulations that have been issued in recent years provide little or no benefits to the public and can even be counterproductive in efforts to maintain a safe working environment in the roofing industry.

As such, NRCA strongly supports regulatory reform to provide small and mid-sized businesses with much needed relief from excessive regulations. The Regulatory Accountability Act will update the regulatory process that has been in place for more than 65 years under the Administrative Procedure Act. Among other reforms, H.R. 185 will hold agencies more accountable by providing on-the-record administrative hearings, requiring agencies to present supporting data to the public before a regulation is formally proposed, providing more rigorous rules for agency use of guidance documents, and requiring agencies to justify regulations as the best alternative among a range of options.

With these and other reforms, this legislation will provide more opportunities for public input during the development of regulations, minimizing the potential for rules that are burdensome to employers. The reforms implemented by this legislation also will greatly enhance the opportunity for success in legal challenges to regulations.

Again, NRCA applauds House passage of this bipartisan legislation that will inject greater transparency and accountability into the federal regulatory process, and looks forward to working with senators to advance this or similar legislation in the Senate.