To The Editor:
Congressman Tom Suozzi is no fan of regulation (“Suozzi Faces Tough Questions at Town Hall”). Yet rules established by government agencies protect the American people from very real dangers and harm. These agencies are already required by law to prove that proposed rules keep us safe and are cost effective. They employ experts in food safety, public health and worker safety to do their intended job to protect the American people.
The SCRUB Act (HR998), a Republican-sponsored piece of legislation, which Rep. Suozzi voted for along with only 10 other Democrats, adds a new and complicated layer of bureaucracy. It creates a commission of political appointees to review and reduce government regulations, at a cost of $30 million to U.S. taxpayers. It institutes layers of red tape on these regulatory agencies designed to delay regulations on all fronts including workplace safety, consumer product safety and clean water and air. There is no requirement that Commission appointees have expertise in any of the regulatory areas they will review. Any entity—including corporations that are regulated by the government—can request that a regulation be reviewed, a big benefit to corporations.
Rep. Suozzi states he will resist any regulatory changes that he personally believes are harmful to the environment and public safety. In our view, The SCRUB Act limits his influence. Congress will vote on all recommended rules repeals as a package, and not on individual regulations. Congressman Suozzi’s confidence in a commission dominated by party appointees who will be influenced by industry greed over public safety as their top priority is misguided and not in the best interest of his constituents.
Ellen Nicols, Douglaston
Doreen DiLeonardo, Bellerose
Indivisible Northern Queens