A North Carolina Republican Congresswoman is teaming up with a Democratic Congresswoman from another state on a bi-partisan bill. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) show their bipartisan effort, through the Unfunded Mandates Information & Transparency Act (H.R. 899), to require transparency and accountability from government about the cost of unfunded regulatory mandates. Every year, Washington imposes thousands of pages of rules and regulations on small businesses and local governments across this country. Hidden in those pages are costly mandates that make it harder for companies to hire and for cash-strapped states, counties and cities to keep streets clean and parks safe. Two members of Congress, one a Southern Republican and the other a California Democrat, who believe that each regulation the federal government dictates should be deliberative and economically defensible. So Congresswoman Foxx and Congresswoman Sanchez banded together with three other co-sponsors to form a bipartisan team to introduce HR 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information & Transparency Act, legislation that will ensure public and bureaucratic awareness about the costs — in dollars and in jobs — federal dictates pose to the economy and to local governments.