(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 469, Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. This legislation ends the practice of “sue and settle” used by federal agencies and special interest groups to create new regulations outside of the normal rulemaking process. H.R. 469 will instead allow greater transparency and public input by mandating that agencies publish the original complaint online within 15 days.

LaMalfa said: “The practice of ‘sue and settle’ has become a common, if lesser known, abuse of rulemaking authority under previous administrations. Under the Obama Administration in particular, there were $210.5 billion in regulatory costs added behind closed doors since 2009. This is destructive to our economy and needs accountability. EPA Administrator Pruitt has already decided to end this shady practice at the EPA, and now Congress is making that the law of the land for every federal agency moving forward. I hope the Senate will soon follow suit.”

Recently, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a memorandum directing the agency to enact these policies and end “Sue and Settle” on an administrative level within the EPA. H.R. 469 codifies these policies into law and applies them to all federal agencies.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.