Oversight and Regulatory Review

The Blue Dog Coalition examines the thousands of regulations issued annually by the federal government with the objective of identifying those that are overly burdensome and modifying rules problematic to job creation.

Oversight and Regulatory Review:  Blue Dogs send letter to heads of 12 major independent federal agencies

On January 18th of this year, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563 calling on every federal agency to review their regulations to ensure they “promote predictability and reduce uncertainty,” “take into account benefits and costs,” and “identify and use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends.”

However, independent agencies are not subjected to the executive order, and to date, only one has voluntarily implemented the requirement.

The Blue Dogs believe that overly burdensome and outdated regulations slow economic growth and impede job creation.  That is why members of the Blue Dog Coalition leadership sent letters to the heads of 12 major independent federal agencies requesting that they comply with the executive order and conduct an open and transparent regulatory review.

Click on the following links to view the text of the letters

Commodities Futures Trading Commission 
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Reserve System
Federal Trade Commission
International Trade Commission
National Credit Union Administration 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Security Exchange Commission

Blue Dogs are taking steps to cut red tape and remove outdated regulations that slow job creation

On May 10, 2011, members of the Blue Dog Coalition, under the leadership of Congressman Ben Chandler (KY-06) and Congressman Tim Holden (PA-17), sent a letter to Dr. Elizabeth Warren, Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, addressing overly burdensome financial regulations that slow job growth and fail to improve consumer protections.  

   Click here for the full text of the letter

On June 1, 2011, members of the Blue Dog Coalition, under the leadership of Congressman Ben Chandler (KY-06) and Congressman Tim Holden (PA-17), sent a letter to Dr. Donald Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), advocating that the agency eliminate unnecessary paperwork that is overly burdensome to home health care providers and consumers.  

   Click here for the full text of the letter

Blue Dogs Announce Policy Task Forces for the 117th Congress

WASHINGTON—Today, the Blue Dog Coalition announced its policy task forces for the 117th Congress. The task forces oversee policy development for the Coalition, which will deliver on their promise of a positive agenda to produce pragmatic, commonsense solutions that move our country forward and address the needs of every community, from rural and tribal communities to metropolitan areas.

The Hill Opinion: It's Time to Strengthen Protections for Government Watchdogs to Protect Our Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON—Today, in an exclusive op-ed in The Hill, members of the Blue Dog Coalition—Reps. Jim Cooper (TN-05), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), and Ed Case (HI-01)—called on Congress to take up the Blue Dog-backed Inspectors General Independence Act in order to protect our taxpayer dollars during a time of unprecedented spending.

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Empower, Protect Inspectors General

WASHINGTON—Today, the Blue Dog Coalition, which focuses on issues related to fiscal responsibility and national security, announced its endorsement of the Inspectors General Independence Act, which establishes seven-year terms for Inspectors General (IGs) and protects them from politically-motivated firings by only allowing for removal for cause. The bill was introduced by Rep.

Blue Dog Coalition Policy Task Forces Release Recommendations for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

WASHINGTON—Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition released its policy recommendations for both Congress and the Trump Administration to consider as they continue to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The recommendations were developed within the policy parameters of the Blue Dog Coalition’s five policy task forces.

Blue Dog Leadership Statement on House Passage of H.R. 1

Today, the Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications, Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46) issued the following statement on H.R. 1, For the People Act of 2019, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 1 included several Blue Dog Coalition priorities, such as securing our elections, redistricting reform, increasing transparency on Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) funding, and increasing oversight to prevent government leaders from misusing tax dollars on lavish flights and unnecessary military air travel.


Blue Dogs Back Bill to Increase Transparency for Presidential Inaugural Funds

The fiscally-responsible Blue Dog Coalition has endorsed H.R. 5008, Presidential Inaugural Committee Oversight Act, which would increase transparency and accountability around the fundraising and spending of Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) money. The bill was introduced by Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR), co-chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on Government Reform and Accountability.

Blue Dog Coalition Endorses the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, Passes the House

Today, H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, 300-118. Prior to its passage, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition endorsed the bipartisan bill, which was introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).