Legislative and Regulatory Reform
Hurt believes we must stop the nefarious practice movement of omnibus legislation where Congressional leaders move bills in the last hours of a session, without formal hearings, with legislation not read or understood by those members voting on the proposed laws.
Hurt supports institutional reforms requiring hearings and transparency for the American public who desire to be involved in the public policy process
Hurt strongly supports Indiana Senator Todd Young’s regulatory reform efforts requiring a cost benefit analysis and an up or down vote on measures affecting clean coal, clean air and many other areas of our society. Hurt believes the United States Congress has allowed its legislative functions to be unduly delegated to unelected staff at administrative agencies. Staff and appointed officials at agencies circumvent Congress, and through obtrusive regulations, increasingly bypassing elected representatives in carrying out unwise regulations and imposing hidden taxes. Hurt, as a constitutionalist, strongly believes in the separation of powers and the placement of legislative power in the legislative branch of government, not the executive.
On the issue of lawmaking, Hurt states: “America needs leadership that respects the United States Constitution and the rule of law, not just in words, but in actions. We need a newfound respect for the separation of governmental powers, for states’ rights, and for the idea that the state exists to preserve freedoms. We also need a profoundly revitalized understanding that the duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what the law should be.”
Hurt is convinced that a team of committed Congressmen and Senators are needed to work together to provide the needed leadership to advance real solutions for a coherent foreign policy, health care solutions that actually work and a strong and well-funded military that provides for our national security needs.
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