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There are three bills currently before the Senate that are deeply detrimental to regulatory agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission. Type in your ZIP Code below to find the contact information for your representatives in Congress as well as talking points to ask them to say no to these bills. 

The Midnight Rules Review Act would transform the Congressional Review Act from a scalpel into a sledgehammer. Currently, the Congressional Review Act requires that each rule that results from a regulatory process be considered individually by Congress. The MRRA would instead allow careless bundling of unrelated rules from multiple agencies into one massive repeal measure.

The REINS Act eliminates delegation to expert agencies, leaving rulemaking to Congress. Federal agencies are an essential tenant to the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches, and the REINS Act simply keeps federal agencies from doing their jobs and pursuing their obligation to serve the public interest.

The Regulatory Accountability Act would add a litany of new procedural requirements and standards to existing rulemaking procedures, increasing the demands on agency staffs. Additionally, the RAA eliminates the Chevron Doctrine, which embodies the acknowledgement that Congress created administrative agencies specifically to serve as subject matter experts who are in the best position to put the policies delegated to them by Congress into practice.

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Internet access is the essential gateway by which Americans then access nearly all other basic parts of daily life: emergency communications, jobs and employment, education, health care, civic engagement, and basic commerce, entrepreneurship, and economic development. For the Federal Communications Commission, watering down the key analytical standards for consumer protection in communications policy threatens the public interest. Administrative agencies exist to provide subject-matter expertise and ongoing oversight which Congress is not best equipped to provide. This is critical when it comes to the complexities and fast-paced technological changes in communications policy. If these laws had previously existed, we would likely still be waiting on such important rulemakings such as spectrum auction rules, guidelines for the tech transition, open internet rules, and basic broadband privacy.

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