End Regulations Not Approved by Congress: Rand Paul

Rand Paul
Rand Paul

Rand Paul, Republican candidate for Senate from Kentucky and Tea Partyleader, called for the automatic sunsetting of federal regulations, unless they are approved by Congress.

“A lot of these rules are piled on by unelected bureaucrats,” he said on CNBC Monday. “I think they should expire by a certain amount of time, if they're not voted on by Congress.”

Paul took aim at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), although he declined to say which regulations he opposed. “We haven't had a big change in laws from Congress [at the EPA],” he said. “The EPA under Obama has been explicitly anti-business, anti-coal without Congress changing the rules: The EPA has changed the rules on their own."

Kentucky is a major coal-producing state.

The Senate candidate said he was opposed to the financial regulation and health care reforms enacted this year.

Paul also called for another audit of the Federal Reserve, saying that one already done was inadequate, and suggested more Congressional oversight of the central bank.