Johnson Introduces the Guidance Out of Darkness Act
WASHINGTON — This week, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) 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.
“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,” said Senator Johnson.
“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 catalogue 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,” said Senator Cruz.
- 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.
- Senators Johnson, Lankford, and Cruz 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 has previously passed the House and received support twice from Vice President Kamala Harris when she served in the Senate.
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