While the country waits for President Obama and Senate Democrats to take action on more than 20 bipartisan House-passed jobs bills, the House is moving forward this week with three more common-sense measures that remove government barriers to job growth. Here’s a quick look at the jobs bills – all part of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators – that are scheduled for a vote this week:
- The Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010) is bipartisan legislation that “requires agencies to assess the costs and benefits” of new regulations on small businesses and “in most cases, to adopt the least-costly alternative to achieve the regulatory objectives of Congress,” says the House Judiciary Committee. Several dozen groups representing job creators, small businesses, and manufacturers support the bill, saying it “would modernize and update the 65-year old regulatory process” and help prevent new federal rules from destroying American jobs.
- The Workforce Democracy & Fairness Act (H.R. 3094) prevents the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from imposing sweeping new regulations that threaten American jobs. According to the House Education & the Workforce Committee, the bill ensures “[n]o union election will be held in less than 35 days,” giving workers “the ability to make a fully informed decision in a union election,” and it and overturns new NLRB rules that would raise costs on job creators. These NLRB rules were cited in a memo by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on the “top 10 job-destroying regulations” that would be addressed by the House this year.
- The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act (H.R. 527) closes loopholes used by federal agencies that allow them to impose costly, job-crushing regulations, says Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO). According to the House Judiciary Committee, it “requires federal agencies to identify and reduce the costs new regulations would impose on small businesses.” The bill was cited in Leader Cantor’s memo as one that makes “fundamental and structural reform of the rule-making system” to help create a better environment for jobs.
In the Pledge to America, Republicans promised to rein in the Washington red tape factory that is hurting job creation and long-term economic growth. That’s exactly what each of these bills will help do by preventing unelected bureaucrats from destroying current jobs, and building a better environment for small businesses to grow and create new ones. Learn more about the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators, and track the progress of House-passed jobs bills, at jobs.GOP.gov.