Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 5226, the Regulatory Integrity Act of 2016:
“The federal regulatory process is largely hidden from view by design. Bureaucrats don’t want to expose their unpopular regulations to public view where outrage from the American people might disrupt the bureaucracy’s plans. That’s why Congress passed the Administrative Procedures Act in 1946—to let the American people participate in the rulemaking process of federal agencies.
“Unfortunately, agencies have been trying to undermine the integrity of the comment process established by this legislation, engaging in prohibited propaganda campaigns in support of the agencies’ preferred policy positions and ginning up ‘astro-turf’ grassroots comments in coordination with special interest groups. Representative Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) legislation restores proper accountability and transparency to the federal agencies so the integrity of the regulatory process is not undermined and people can have their voice heard by their government.”