Plain Regulations Act of 2013
Congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa introduced the Plain Regulations Act (HR 1557) on April 15, 2013. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri introduced a companion bill in the Senate, S 807, on April 23. These bills would require that all new and substantially revised federal regulations be written in plain language. They will make it easier to understand regulations, which in turn will
• Increase the effectiveness of Federal regulatory programs
• Decrease the regulatory burden on the public
Help us inform Congress about the benefits that plain language regulations would bring to citizens and the government alike.
What you can do:
1. As a citizen, call, write, or email your Congressmen and Senators. Talk to them about why plain language is important and what benefits plain language regulations would bring. For a a sample letter click here. E-mail has greater impact than calling. A letter has more impact than email. For the greatest effect, speak to your Congressional Representatives in person. Also give them a hard copy of your letter.
2. If you are a business owner, send a second letter on behalf of your business. Clearly written regulations will reduce your federal regulatory burden. Tell your Congressman and Senators about your own experience with federal regulations and why having them written more clearly would help reduce some of your burden. For a sample letter on behalf of your business click here.
3. Let Congressman Braley and Senator McCaskill known what you’ve done. Knowing about your support gives them leverage to advocate for the bills with their peers in Congress. Tell them by sending them copies of your letters, or emailing copies to their staffers.
Hon. Bruce Braley
2263 Rayburn HOB
Washington DC, 20515
Attn: Rob Goldsmith
Hon. Claire McCaskill
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
4. Ask your friends, groups, and associations to do the same. Every individual and group in America is affected by regulations. Well-written regulations reduce the burden on individuals, organizations, and businesses.