Senate Concurrent Resolution 101 - Introduced SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 101 BY WHITING A Concurrent Resolution urging the members of the 1 Congress of the United States to propose an 2 amendment to the Constitution of the United States 3 concerning congressional oversight and approval of 4 federal regulations for submission to the states for 5 ratification. 6 WHEREAS, the growth and abuse of federal regulatory 7 authority threatens citizens’ constitutional liberties, 8 including those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in 9 the first, second, fourth, and fifth amendments to the 10 Constitution of the United States; and 11 WHEREAS, federal regulators must be more accountable 12 to elected representatives of the people and not immune 13 from such accountability; and 14 WHEREAS, the United States House of Representatives 15 passed with bipartisan support House Resolution 26, 16 the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny 17 (REINS) Act of 2017, which requires that Congress 18 approve new major federal regulations before they can 19 take effect; and 20 WHEREAS, even if legislation on congressional 21 approval of federal regulations is enacted, it may be 22 repealed or waived by a future Congress and President; 23 and 24 WHEREAS, an amendment to the Constitution of 25 the United States does not require the President’s 26 approval and cannot be waived by a future Congress and 27 President; NOW THEREFORE, 28 -1- LSB 5937SS (3) 88 je/rn 1/ 2
S.C.R. 101 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, THE HOUSE OF 1 REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, That the Iowa General 2 Assembly urges the members of the Congress of 3 the United States to propose an amendment to the 4 Constitution of the United States to the states of the 5 United States for ratification reading as follows or 6 substantially similar: 7 Whenever one quarter of the members of the United 8 States House of Representatives or the United States 9 Senate transmits to the President their written 10 declaration of opposition to a proposed federal 11 regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the 12 House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt that 13 regulation; and 14 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That upon passage of this 15 resolution, the Secretary of the Senate shall transmit 16 copies of this Resolution to the President of the 17 United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States 18 House of Representatives, and each member of Iowa’s 19 congressional delegation. 20 -2- LSB 5937SS (3) 88 je/rn 2/ 2