Since entering politics, Donald Trump has acquired a reputation as a power grabber who will filch the rights of other branches. But when he enters the Oval Office, he could become the most magnanimous executive in memory. Only his signature is required.

By signing the REINS Act, which passed the House last night, Trump would become that rare leader who surrenders some power. Inherently democratic, the REINS Act would empower the legislative branch, which is desperately needed.

In a constitutional nutshell, the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act” creates a congressional veto over some executive actions. Congress would have 70 days to approve any major rules issued by an administrative agency or the rule would die. This means that if the EPA, IRS, or FDA wants to issue a significant regulation, a single chamber of Congress could easily stop them.

That’s not the case at the moment. The executive branch has steadily encroached on Congress’s authority. Growing administrative agencies have overshadowed an anemic Congress, allowing unaccountable bureaucrats to govern in place of elected lawmakers. Obama seemed like a super-legislator, but he was just strutting a few more steps on the march that all of his predecessors also marched.

Since 2009, his EPA has issued more than 33,000 pages of regulations at an estimated annual compliance cost of nearly $50 billion. Congress has been powerless to stop them.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The nation’s founders designed Congress as the most powerful branch of government, because it is closest to the people. Beaten and bruised for the past eight years (or 100-plus, depending on how you count), House Republicans moved Thursday night to claw back their power by passing the REINS Act.

Trump has regularly railed against overregulation under Obama and has pledged to sign the legislation should it reach his desk. Trump has rightly blamed the “pages and pages of rules and regulation” for crippling the economy, and promised to curb the growth of “the monstrosity that is the federal government.”

The trappings of power tempt many to go back on their word and retain as much power as possible. Under pressure to deliver on his agenda and unaccustomed to working through the legislative process, Trump can either follow the example of his predecessors and expand the administrative agencies to implement his own priorities, or he can do something really extraordinary and admirable by returning some real authority to Congress.

Republicans can’t pass the REINS Act through the Senate if 41 Democrats are willing to filibuster it. But Democrats, who have told us all for a year or more how tyrannical Trump may be, ought to jump at the chance to trim his sails.

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The REINS Act will help bring about the economic growth Trump has promised. Perhaps more significant is the statement it would make about what kind of president Trump wants to be. We hope it is a president who keeps his word and decides to cleanse the Oval Office of the arrogance with which it has been infected since 2009.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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