H.R. 4078, Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012

Cost Estimate
April 20, 2012

As ordered reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary on March 20, 2012

H.R. 4078 would prohibit federal agencies from taking most significant regulatory actions until the unemployment rate falls to 6 percent or less. The legislation would affect many regulatory actions that vary greatly in nature and scope. CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) cannot determine the budgetary effects of delaying significant regulatory actions, but we expect that enacting H.R. 4078 would have effects on both direct spending and revenues. Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending and revenues.

CBO expects that implementing H.R. 4078 also could have a significant impact on spending subject to appropriation, although we cannot determine the magnitude of that effect.

CBO expects that H.R. 4078 would impose no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).