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Should Unfunded Regulatory Mandates Be Subject to Legislative Approval? Open Access

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Unfunded federal regulatory mandates on state, local, and tribal governments continue to present a fiscal challenge to those governments. Congress is considering several proposed amendments to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, or UMRA, to hold federal agencies more accountable for the costs they impose on other levels of government. One mechanism that has appeared in other bills – legislative approval of final regulations – has not been invoked specifically to deal with the problem of intergovernmental mandates, yet it makes considerable sense in this context.

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