Sending Office: Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Request for Cosponsor(s)
Become an Original Cosponsor of the BEST Act
Make sure new federal regulations are based on the best available science and open to the public!
Deadline for Original Cosigners: TODAY!
Current Cosponsors: Franks,
Pearce, and Perry
Endorsed by: American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC); Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC); Association of American Railroads; Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)
We invite you to cosponsor a bill that supports transparent and commonsense rulemaking. The Better Evaluation of Science and Technology (BEST) Act is the House companion bill to S. 578, introduced by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK). This legislation would require
the use of the “best science available” before enacting new regulations across all federal agencies.
Over the last administration, federal agencies have continually passed misguided and out-of-touch regulations across all areas of government that have been detrimental to the American people. As
one article recently pointed out, since 2009, the operational cost of our nation’s regulations exceeds $100 billion annually. Many of these rules lack any sound evidence to support their creation.
The BEST Act would change that. This bill takes the scientific standards found in Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and applies them to the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) which governs all federal rulemaking. In effect, this greatly needed regulatory
reform bill would end the controversial rulemaking practices employed by federal agencies during previous administrations. Similar language was adopted as part of the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act,
which passed the House in March with bipartisan support.
The BEST Act would require regulatory decisions to be based on the “best available science” and would not allow an agency to issue a regulatory rule based on a singular, private study not available to the public. Further, before the issuance of a science-based
rule, the federal agency must factor in the relevance, completeness, and clarity of the information as well as using information that has been independently verified or peer-reviewed. This information – including all findings – would then be submitted in a
non-technical summary and include a list of studies considered by the agency along with the results of those studies.
Science-based rules should be based on fact, not fiction. The BEST Act would not only provide transparency to the rule-making process but would assist in making those rules more intellectually sound and not based on the conversation of the day.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Jake Hilkin (Jake.Hilkin@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Ralph Norman’s (R-SC) office or Joshua Ronk (Joshua.Ronk@mail.house.gov)
in Congressman Paul Gosar’s (R-AZ) office. Thank you for your consideration.
Ralph Norman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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