Industry Groups Urge Congress: Support the Regulatory Early Notice and Engagement Act

On June 10, 2024, ACC sent the following letter to Congress in support of H.R. 8204, the Regulatory Early Notice and Engagement Act.

Download a copy of the letter here.

June 10, 2024 

Dear Member of Congress: 

We encourage you to co-sponsor H.R. 8204, the Regulatory Early Notice and Engagement Act.  This bipartisan legislation would reform the federal regulatory process to make it more transparent, accountable, and responsive to the public. The end result will be better regulation.  

Introduced by Representatives Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Don Davis (D-NC), and Tim Burchett (R-TN), H.R. 8204 would require that, within one week after initiating a new rulemaking activity, a federal agency would have to make public on its website and send to Congress a regulatory early notice, which must: 

  • identify the problem the rule is intended to address and state whether the rule is required by law, necessary to interpret law, or made necessary to address a compelling public need, such as a material failure of private markets, 
  • state whether existing regulations or other laws have created, or contributed to, the problem that a new regulation is intended to correct, 
  • state whether the agency identified and assessed available alternatives to direct regulation, including the alternative of not regulating, and 
  • invite the public to provide the agency with recommendations on how to accomplish the objectives of the rule most effectively and at least cost. 

The bill builds on long-established principles of sound regulation embodied in Executive Order 12866, which has been affirmed by every president since its issuance in 1993. The bill would require the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to develop and maintain a database containing each regulatory early notice and report to Congress on agency compliance with the Act.  

As rules are increasingly issued, reversed, and restored with administration changes, businesses are left to navigate a sea of regulatory uncertainty and unable to plan for long-term investments. This regulatory whiplash impedes our ability to strengthen our economy in the U.S. and instead pushes manufacturing to other countries. All of this undermines national priorities, impedes domestic innovation, and threatens U.S. competitiveness. H.R. 8204 can help restore accountability through more vigorous congressional oversight of federal agencies. 

Thank you for your consideration of cosponsoring this modest, common-sense reform. 


Alliance for Chemical Distribution 

American Chemistry Council 

American Cleaning Institute 

American Coatings Association 

American Exploration & Mining Association 

American Farm Bureau Federation 

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers 

American Iron and Steel Institute 

American Petroleum Institute 

American Road & Transportation Builders Association 


Association of American Railroads 

Association of Equipment Manufacturers 

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) 

Communications Cable & Connectivity Association 

Composite Panel Association 

Consumer Technology Association 

CropLife America 

Decorative Hardwoods Association 

Essential Minerals Association 

International Sign Association 

IPC – Build Electronics Better  

Lawn & Horticultural Products Work Group 

National Asphalt Pavement Association 

National Association of Home Builders 

National Automobile Dealers Association  

National Cotton Council 

National Grain and Feed Association  

National Stone Sand & Gravel Association  

North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers 

North American Meat Institute 

Plastics Industry Association 

Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association 

Polymeric Exterior Products Association 

PRINTING United Alliance 


Southern Crop Production Association 

The Fertilizer Institute 

The Recycled Materials Association 

The Vinyl Institute 

Treated Wood Council 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

USA Rice 

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