Article originally published by the U.S Chamber of Commerce on April 25, 2016.

“Many Americans are angry with a Congress and administration that seem out of touch with the people, are unaccountable,and act in their own self-interest. Nothing better exemplifies these sentiments than an issue happening largely under the radar. Federal regulators—the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the whole alphabet soup of federal agencies—are skirting safeguards and essentially creating laws of their own.

That’s right—unelected government bureaucrats are issuing mega rules governing huge segments of the nation’s activities that undermine or thwart the will of Congress. During the rulemaking process, they are ignoring procedures set in place to ensure that stakeholders get a say, economic impacts are measured, and sound data are used. In short, the federal agencies are becoming a fourth branch of government with, basically, the power to create laws, which we all learned in civics class is reserved exclusively for Congress.”

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