An op-ed from the Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA) today called on Senate Democrats to consider House-passed legislation stopping two new government regulations that threaten jobs.
Specifically, the op-ed calls for action on the bipartisan Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, which stops new “utility MACT” and “CSAPR” regulations on power plants. OMA says these two job-crushing government regulations are “overreaching and costly,” and “among the most troublesome” being advanced by the Obama Administration. These excessive new rules were also cited by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in his “list of the top 10 job-destroying regulations.” According to the House Energy & Commerce Committee, job losses could reach “183,000 annually” and electricity rates could rise “as much as 19 percent” for families and small businesses.
OMA notes that the current regulatory process “does not include a thorough, rigorous evaluation of the possible cumulative economic impacts: job losses, higher energy costs and threats to electricity system reliability.” The TRAIN Act requires that kind of cumulative economic analysis and delays these regulations until it is complete.
While it remains stuck in the Democratic-led Senate along with more than a dozen other House-passed jobs bills, Speaker Boehner says the TRAIN Act is “a good example of both parties working together to remove government barriers to job growth.” OMA praises the House vote as “good news for Ohio manufacturers and for Ohioans,” and says “[n]ow it’s time for the U.S. Senate to take similar action.”