WASHINGTON – Rep. Scott Franklin (Fl-15) today announced that he has introduced H.R. 4047, the Cutting Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens (C.U.R.B.) act. This bill will ease excessive regulatory burdens on small businesses by requiring federal agencies to find regulations to cut before issuing new ones. Original cosponsors of the CURB Act include: Reps. Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27), Bill Johnson (OH-6), Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Barry Moore (AL-2), Scott Perry (PA-10), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Andy Biggs (AZ-5), Yvette Herrell (NM-2), Paul Gosar ( AZ-1), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14).
“I’m proud to work to simplify federal bureaucracy by introducing the CURB Act, a critical, pro-business bill that will cut burdensome government regulations and make it easier for small businesses to prosper,” said Rep. Franklin. “By removing these unnecessary government roadblocks, we are helping businesses to reach their highest potential, encouraging investment in the workforce, and growing local economies. As a former small business owner myself, I know firsthand how challenging it is to cover operational costs while also dealing with burdensome government regulations. Federal regulations cost our economy almost $1.9 trillion per year, or nearly $15,000 per household. Those costs are ultimately passed on to the consumer, which means higher prices for everyone. My bill will help stop that from happening,” Franklin concluded.
The C.U.R.B. Act will codify former President Trump’s Executive Order 13771, better known as the two-for-one deregulation rule. This means that federal departments and agencies will be required to remove two regulatory actions for each new major regulation they create. The evidence supports the effectiveness of President Trump’s 2-for-1 rule. An Office of Management and Budget review found that it eliminated $198.6 billion in overall regulatory costs across the government from 2017 to 2020 and $144 billion in overall regulatory costs in 2020 alone. In just four years, this Executive Order resulted in $340 billion in cuts to regulatory costs, which helped create one of the strongest economies in decades.
Support for the C.U.R.B Act:
“If left unchecked, the federal government’s reliance on excessive regulation will continue to threaten America’s entrepreneurial spirit and economic vitality. I applaud Rep. Franklin for introducing the CURB Act to fight against federal overreach by forcing the government to instead work towards reducing the counterproductive regulatory burden endured by all Americans.”
—Garrett Bess, Vice President of Heritage Action
“Congressman Franklin’s Cutting Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens (C.U.R.B.) Act is an essential piece of legislation that would start to repeal wasteful regulations that cost too much of the taxpayers’ money. This bill is a commonsense approach to limiting the power and reach of elected officials and bureaucrats in Washington.”
—Tom Schatz, President of Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
“Cutting through unnecessary red tape is critical to helping small businesses thrive and rebuilding a stronger economy. The C.U.R.B Act is an example of smart regulatory reform that implements a systematic, across-the-board reduction of existing rules that are unnecessary, ineffective, overly burdensome, or simply counterproductive.”
—Clint Woods, Americans for Prosperity Policy Fellow
"Lawmakers should always be looking for opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens on small businesses and families across the country, and Representative Franklin's legislation would serve that important goal."
—Andrew Lautz, Director of Federal Policy for National Taxpayers Union