The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the results of the Obama Administration’s “top-to-bottom review of federal regulations” won’t “make any impact on the overall regulatory burdens” and miles of red tape hurting small businesses and holding back job growth. As The Wall Street Journal reports:
“[T]he changes don't affect the broad thrust of major administration initiatives that have drawn criticism from businesses...
“The changes are welcome, but don’t appear to go far enough, said Bill Kovacs, a senior vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ‘Each of the proposals seems to be efficient, technical changes, but it doesn’t make any impact on the overall regulatory burdens that exist on the business community,’ he said.”
While President Obama has repeatedly promised to address the vast number of burdensome regulations being handed down by the Democrats who run Washington (see: here and here), his rhetoric has not matched his record. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Obama Administration’s job-crushing regulatory machine:
- 13% Increase in Employment, 16% Budget Increase at Regulatory Agencies. “Since he [President Obama] took office, employment has surged 13 percent at federal regulatory agencies. The regulators’ budgets are up 16 percent. … And that’s before some of the major regulatory initiatives of the administration -- the financial-reform bill and the health-care overhaul -- are fully implemented.” (Bloomberg, 8/23/11)
- More Than 340 Regulations Costing $65 Billion Proposed This Year. “[S]ince the start of the year, the administration has proposed more than 340 regulations at a cost of more than $65 billion to job creators. It is important to note that these are only the regulations for which the administration actually conducted an economic analysis. For hundreds more, it has regulated blindly, with no cost or job numbers associated with its rules.” (Sen. John Barrasso, Op-Ed, The Washington Times, 8/23/11)
- More Than 4,200 New Regulations in the Pipeline. “The Federal Register notes that more than 4,200 regulations are in the pipeline. That doesn’t count impending clean air rules from the EPA, new derivative rules, or the FCC’s net neutrality rule. Nor does that include recently announced fuel economy mandates or eventual ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank regulations.” (Investor’s Business Daily, 8/18/11)
- The Federal Register: 34,000 Pages, 340 Lbs. According to former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the Federal Register – the sum of all Washington regulations imposed by unelected bureaucrats – is 34,000 pages in length and weighs in at more than 340 lbs. (American Action Forum Video, 6/13/11)
When confronted by job creators struggling under the weight of the these onerous regulations, even White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley was forced to admit that “you can’t defend the indefensible.” If the White House is serious about ending the regulatory onslaught, the President should support solutions put forth by Republicans in the Plan for America’s Job Creators.
The new House majority made a Pledge to America to “rein in the red tape factory in Washington D.C.” to help give job creators the certainty and freedom they need to put Americans back to work. The House Education & the Workforce Committee has passed the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act to prevent the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from dictating where a private business can and cannot create jobs in the United States, and the Energy & Commerce Committee has passed the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, which would require a cumulative impact study on several actions being proposed by the EPA that would have a major impact on jobs and the economy. House Republicans will continue moving this effort forward with action on the REINS Act, a key plank of the Plan for America’s Job Creators that would require Congress to hold an up-or-down vote on every new rule that would have a major impact (more than $100 million) on the economy. Learn more and follow our progress on the REINS Act here, and learn more about the Plan for Americas Job Creators at Jobs.GOP.Gov.