Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, by a vote of 19-8. House Judiciary Committee Member and Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) is the chief sponsor of the bill. The bill passed the House of Representatives last Congress.

Small businesses employ a majority of America’s private-sector workers and provide jobs for our family members, neighbors and friends. However, it is a significant challenge for small businesses to understand and comply with poorly crafted and ever-growing regulations. Small businesses rarely have in-house legal departments or regulatory compliance experts. The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act requires federal agencies to assess better the impacts of their regulations on small business and to look for ways to reduce unnecessary burdens and design smarter, less burdensome rules.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot applauded the Committee’s passage of the bill.

Chairman Goodlatte:  “The solution in the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act is a simple, commonsense mandate for the Executive Branch: Work together with small businesses and design smarter, less burdensome rules that work for the American people. Small businesses deserve a voice here in Washington. Not only do their businesses drive our nation’s economy, they employ our family members, neighbors, friends, and the majority of Americans in the private sector! It only makes sense that those imposing regulations in Washington would be mandated to communicate better with the small business community, understand their unique concerns and actively search for ways to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.”

 Chairman Chabot:  “At its heart, this bill is about good government. Requiring the federal government to consider the impact of its rules and regulations on the millions of families who work for small businesses in practice, no longer just in theory, is one of the most commonsense ways we can support the backbone of our economy.  I appreciate Chairman Goodlatte and my fellow members of the Judiciary Committee for moving quickly in this new Congress to give American communities and families the voice in the regulatory process they deserve.”