Regulations are Killing the American Economy

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) may at times seem like a modern day Don Quixote tilting at the windmills of government excess, but without idealistic men like him our nation may have already fallen into the trap of European socialism.

Senator Lee has been a leader in one fight in particular – the effort to refine our regulatory system. Regulations are killing our nation – perhaps even faster than bad Democrat laws and politicians!

Here’s what Lee recently said about the issue on his Facebook page:


In 2014, 3,291 pages of new laws were passed by Congress – the branch of government with the constitutional authority to make law – and signed by the president. During this same period, unelected bureaucrats at dozens of federal departments and agencies issued 79,066 pages of new and updated regulations.

These rules – many that are are inefficient, ineffective, and excessive – continue to limit the ability of small businesses and workers to succeed, rig the system to benefit connected insiders, and hurt hardworking American families through higher costs and limited options in the marketplace. Yet, despite the very real negative effects on our economy, the American people are unable to hold the unelected bureaucrats who make these rules accountable.

Congress cedes far too much lawmaking authority to the executive branch. I look forward to turning this trend around in the 114th Congress to ensure that the ones making the laws are the ones who can be held accountable by the American people.

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See Senator Lee eloquently discuss Regulatory Reform with some of his constituents last year.