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

Cost Estimate
July 20, 2012

As ordered reported by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on April 26, 2012

H.R. 4078 would prohibit most federal agencies from taking most final significant regulatory actions until either the unemployment rate falls to 6.0 percent or less or two years pass after enactment of the legislation. 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 final 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 the provisions of H.R. 4078 would impose no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).