A small group of lawmakers from both parties and both chambers has drafted a measure that they say would streamline and bring transparency to the regulatory process. House Republicans have made the rolling back of federal regulations a centerpiece of their agenda this fall. Portman said the bill represented “the first time, really, since 1945 that there has been a major overhaul of the Administrative Procedures Act codifying, making permanent and enforceable some of these various executive orders and other orders that have come from administrations over the years.” “This will enable us to create better rules at lower cost and thereby help create jobs and economic growth in an economy that desperately needs it,” he added.The quartet of lawmakers said Thursday that their measure would affect the federal rulemaking process going forward and would not apply to rules that have already gone into effect.That stands in contrast to the current House-led efforts, which largely have been focused on doing away with existing environmental, labor and other regulations.Pryor on Thursday described the bipartisan effort as an “issue-neutral” one that is focused on overall costs and benefits rather than on one particular area of legislation.“One of the things that I think is important to know about this legislation is that we’re not EPA bashing. It is a piece of legislation that doesn’t take sides,” he said.
"Bill" Delahunt (born July 18, 1941) is a former U. Representative for Massachusetts's 10th congressional district, serving from 1997 to 2011. Delahunt did not seek re-election in 2010, and left Congress in January 2011.
He was replaced by Norfolk County District Attorney Bill Keating.