Rules Committee Announces Feb. 2nd Hearing and Mark-Up on Bipartisan “Mandates Information Act”

Rules Committee Announces Feb. 2nd Hearing and Mark-Up on Bipartisan “Mandates Information Act”

WASHINGTON - Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today announced a hearing and mark-up of the Mandates Information Act of 1999 (H.R. 350) has been scheduled for next week. The hearing will be a joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process and the Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House.

The joint hearing, which will chaired by Congressman John Linder (R-GA) will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. in Room H-313 of the U.S. Capitol. At 5:00 p.m. the full Rules Committee will meet to mark-up the legislation. Witnesses scheduled to testify at the joint subcommittee hearing will be announced when available.


About the Mandates Information Act of 1999 (H.R. 350)

The bipartisan Mandates Information Act, introduced by Congressman Condit (D-CA) and Congressman Portman (R-OH), builds on the success of the 1995 Unfunded Mandates Relief Act by forcing Congress to deal honestly with the "hidden taxes" caused by mandates on the private sector. Mandates imposed on the private sector continue to represent a "hidden tax" that consumers are forced to pay through increased prices, reduced job opportunities and more red tape for small businesses.

H.R. 350 directs the Congressional Budget Office to assess the impact of private sector mandates contained in any bill that reaches the floor of the Senate or House. For mandates that exceed $100 million, it allows any Member of Congress to force a separate debate and vote specifically on whether to impose the mandate on the private sector.

In 1995, Congress passed the Portman-Condit Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, which has successfully curbed irresponsible unfunded mandates on state and local governments.