WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in introducing the Guidance Out of Darkness (GOOD) Act, legislation to require federal agencies to publish their regulatory guidance on the internet in an easily accessible location.
“Only the federal bureaucracy would find it normal to issue guidance governing the American people, then hide it from them. The Trump Administration recognized this problem and took action resembling our legislation,” said Senator Cramer. “Under that transparency initiative, we were able to make several improvements to otherwise onerous federal regulations but President Biden repealed it when he entered office. Our legislation reverses President Biden’s poor decision and ensures regulatory guidance is published online, which will increase transparency and accountability throughout the federal government.”
Senator Cramer also joined a letter with Senator Johnson to President Joe Biden questioning why he revoked President Donald Trump’s executive order.
Senator Cramer has a strong record of working to improve transparency in the federal government. In December, Senator Cramer partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to follow through on President Trump’s executive order by rescinding flawed guidance on surplus water agreements and releasing subsequent instructions aimed at improving internal processes for reviewing requests for water supply withdrawals. Senator Cramer also used the guidance to improve Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulations regarding Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) easement enforcement, which had infringed on North Dakotans’ property rights. Learn more here.