WASHINGTON (June 4, 2002)—The Tire Association of North America and the Automotive Service Association support a bill by Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., designed to make sure federal regulatory agencies fulfill their legal duty to consider the impact on small businesses of every regulation they issue.
Mr. Bond and the associations were discouraged by a report from the General Accounting Office showing that six major federal agencies, including the Commerce Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, often fall down on their duty under the 1996 Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.
Mr. Bond's bill, the Agency Accountability Act of 2001, is before the Senate Small Business Committee, where several votes have been postponed.
“We keep hoping something will happen with it,” said Becky MacDicken, TANA director of government affairs.