Sens. Cruz, Johnson, Lankford Introduce the Guidance Out of Darkness Act to Better Track the Federal Governments Rapid Expansion
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced the Guidance Out Of Darkness (GOOD) Act, which requires federal agencies to publish their regulatory guidance on the internet in an easily accessible location.
Upon introducing this bill, Sen. Cruz said:
"Dysfunction in Washington has led to a rapid expansion of the administrative state. The executive branch has moved toward unilaterally instituting de facto legislation, betraying the intended Constitutional order of the federal government. I'm proud to help introduce this legislation with the hopes that requiring federal agencies to publish and catalog their regulatory guidance documents will help us better understand the costs of the regulatory state and its threat to both the rule-of-law and our economic growth."
Sen. Johnson said:
"This commonsense legislation has passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee by voice vote twice and passed the House in 2018. I hope that Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer and President Biden will support this non-controversial transparency measure."
Sen. Lankford added:
"Why is it so hard to find federal regulations? Creating a single online location for federal regulations increases transparency, saves Oklahoma businesses and state and local leaders time, and is common sense. Oklahomans have the world at our fingertips daily, but for some reason the federal government continues to drag its feet into the 21st century. I thought this problem was solved when President Trump signed an executive order to require agencies to publish their regulations in a single location, but in the first days of his term, President Biden revoked that executive order. Other than having President Trump's name on it, I can't understand why President Biden would not want the federal regulatory process as simple, transparent, and straightforward as possible. I look forward to ending the political back-and-forth."
- This bill will increase the transparency of agency regulatory actions for all entities that need to comply-including small businesses, workers, and American households.
- Experts have often referred to guidance documents as regulatory dark matter, which unlike other regulatory actions, are not required to go through the public notice and comment process.
- Sens. Cruz, Johnson, and Lankford have written President Biden questioning his decision to revoke an executive order modeled on the bipartisan GOOD Act and required federal agencies to post such guidance documents in a searchable database.
- The letter called on President Biden to support the GOOD Act, which had previously passed the House and received support twice from Vice President Kamala Harris when she served in the Senate.