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Ernst Drains the Swamp

Announces New Reforms to Administrative State Bogging Down Americans

WASHINGTON – Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is rolling out a reform package to cut red tape, hold the entrenched federal bureaucracy accountable, and drain the swamp.

Ernst’s efforts will bring decision-making closer to the American people, repeal outdated regulations, rein in unelected bureaucrats imposing arbitrary rules, and require taxpayer-paid bureaucrats to show up and work.

“Biden’s bureaucrats are writing regulations and bogging down households, family farms, and small businesses with arbitrary rules,” Ernst said. “I’m draining the swamp and reining in the administrative state that has run unchecked at the taxpayer’s expense. Bureaucrats need a reminder of exactly who they are serving. That’s why I’m working to get government beyond the beltway bubble, scrub regulations, and hold unelected bureaucrats accountable.”

Ernst has several solutions to:

  • Bring decision-making closer to the American people and make government responsive to the real needs of Americans by introducing the Strategic Withdrawal of Agencies for Meaningful Placement (SWAMP) Act, which moves the headquarters of federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C. and distributes them across America and among the people most impacted by agency decisions;
  • Cut red tape and repeal outdated requirements by introducing the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, which would force a review of current federal regulations to cut down costs and ease the burden on households, family farms, and small businesses;
  • Rein in the unaccountable, unelected bureaucracy by encouraging the Supreme Court to repeal its ruling that has required courts to side with federal bureaucrats over the American people when the bureaucrats loosely interpret laws, which has caused a massive expansion of the regulatory state; and
  • Require federal bureaucrats who are “teleworking” on the taxpayer’s dime to show up for work by supporting the Stopping Home Office Work’s Unproductive Problems (SHOW UP) Act. Ernst is also demanding investigations into federal bureaucrats’ abuse of remote “work.”