PROGRESS MADE ON EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND HEALTHCAREIN JEOPARDY
Tell your U.S. Senators to reject efforts to block or repeal regulations needed for implementation of laws benefiting the disability community!
Regulations from the various agencies in the Executive Branch provide states with direction on how to implement laws in a way that meets the purpose for which they are intended. Many regulations provide guardrails to ensure that laws are implemented by the states in a way that protects the rights of vulnerable populations, including individuals with disabilities. Among the regulations that are at risk with these two bills are those related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Medicaid.
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require all major regulations issued by the Executive Branch to be approved by Congress before they can be implemented. The bill would allow Congress to delay or shut down the implementation of critical regulations.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act would expand Congress’ existing ability to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Currently, under the CRA, Congress can “disapprove” of regulations issued by the Executive Branch and make it as if they never existed while also prohibiting any similar regulations from being issued until Congress says so. The Midnight Rules Relief Act would enable Congress to “disapprove” of more regulations quickly, making it harder to defend these crucial regulations from attack.
In early January, the House passed both these bills, which are now on their way to the Senate for a vote that could happen very soon. If passed through the Senate, these bills would allow Congress to undo years of progress we fought for in k-12 education, transition to employment, healthcare, and adult services for community living and employment.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. To find out who your Senators are, go to: www.whoismyrepresentative.com.
ACTION: Call your Senators and ask them to reject the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Actbefore they come up for a vote and to vote NO if there is a vote.