Senate Bill 4077
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Jun 25, 2020
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jun 25, 2020
Latest Action
Dec 16, 2020
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
4077
Congress
116
Policy Area
Government Operations and Politics
Government Operations and Politics
Primary focus of measure is government administration, including agency organization, contracting, facilities and property, information management and services; rulemaking and administrative law; elections and political activities; government employees and officials; Presidents; ethics and public participation; postal service. Measures concerning agency appropriations and the budget process may fall under Economics and Public Finance policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Ohio
Florida
Nebraska
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act

This bill revises rulemaking requirements with respect to unfunded mandates.

Specifically, the bill requires federal agencies to prepare and publish in the Federal Register an initial and final regulatory impact analysis prior to promulgating any proposed or final major rule. The analysis must include regulatory alternatives to the rule.

Major rule means a rule that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs determines is likely to cause

  • an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
  • a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, federal, state, local, or tribal government agencies, or geographic regions; or
  • significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, public health and safety, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises in domestic and export markets.

Before promulgating any proposed or final major rule, an agency shall select the regulatory alternative that maximizes net benefits, taking into consideration only the costs and benefits that arise within the scope of the statutory provision that authorizes the rulemaking, with exceptions.

The bill prohibits Congress from considering a bill that increases private sector costs more than a certain amount unless certain conditions are met.

Text (2)
December 16, 2020
Actions (5)
12/16/2020
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 643.
12/16/2020
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Johnson with an amendment. With written report No. 116-333.
07/22/2020
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
06/25/2020
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
06/25/2020
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Jun 26, 2020 4:42:09 AM
Updated
Feb 16, 2021 8:41:42 PM