House approves bipartisan agency, rulemaking bills

By Manuel Quiñones | 05/07/2024 06:25 AM EDT

The legislation addresses federal information use, reports and public comments.

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.).

The House approved legislation from Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) to address rulemaking-related data. Mark Schiefelbein/AP

The House approved legislation Monday to improve how agencies process public comments and the type of information federal regulators rely on.

Lawmakers passed H.R. 7219 from Reps. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.). The bill seeks to make sure officials use the “best reasonably available scientific, technical, demographic, economic, and statistical information and evidence” in the rulemaking process.

Despite previous laws, “every year courts strike down agency rules that do not rely on adequate information,” Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kan.) said during floor debate. The vote was 377-4.


H.R. 7528, the “Comment Integrity and Management Act of 2024” from Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), seeks to help agencies manage mass comments. The bill passed by voice vote.