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Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement upon passage of H.R. 2804, Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act:

“Thomas Jefferson envisioned a government which sought to restrain men from injuring one another but which otherwise left them free to regulate their own affairs. Unfortunately, this vision has given way to a centralized view of the world by the Obama Administration that affairs are better left to unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC. Too often, onerous and costly regulations that are crafted and enforced by Administration officials far from the public eye stand in direct opposition to economic opportunity. The lack of accountability and transparency has also given way to interest groups leveraging taxpayer money to achieve the desired results for a select few. The tactic of sue and settle has long been used by environmental groups to shut down projects that would generate economic activity and advance regional and national priorities.

“Today, the House passed H.R. 2804, Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act, that will reform the regulatory process that has kept the American people in the dark for far too long and economic expansion at bay. American energy production is the fastest growing sector in our economy. To raise the middle class and lift Americans from poverty, infrastructure projects vital to connecting our abundant energy resources to new manufacturing plants and residential neighborhoods must not be shaped by the whims of environmental ideologues. I want to thank Representative George Holding (NC-13) and Representative Doug Collins (GA-09) for their leadership on this issue as advocates for a more accountable Federal government to the American people.”