On Wednesday April 26, the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) was introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support by Senators Rob Portman (OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND). The bill is a huge step forward for hopes of regulatory reform and has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 238-183 in January of this year.
The Regulatory Accountability Act will ensure agencies implement congressional intent, for the most costly regulations, not the intent of the agency. It provides a mechanism for Congress to reestablish control over federal agencies, hold them more accountable, and allow for regulations to be molded to achieve their intended purposes without unnecessary burdens from the federal bureaucracy on stakeholders. United Fresh had recently joined 616 other groups in signing a letter urging the Senate to take up this important legislation. It is not clear when the Senate will take up the measure, but United Fresh will continue to work with industry stakeholders to press for further congressional action.