With President Obama holding a press conference at a ready-mix concrete plant in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region today, Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Geoff Davis (R-KY) released a letter seeking White House support for a bipartisan bill that would stop excessive government regulations on cement manufacturers “that threaten thousands of American jobs.” Read the full letter here:
The Republican jobs plan is focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job growth. According to Chabot and Davis, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2681) does so by requiring “the federal government to reissue its recent rules” that threaten jobs and “develop a more balanced and effective approach that will protect public health and the environment without imposing unnecessary economic harm on American businesses and workers.”
President Obama has expressed a willingness to consider reining in excessive regulations before. This is another attempt by Republicans at seeking common ground with the Administration on removing obstacles to job growth. The bill was approved by the House Energy & Commerce Committee yesterday.
Reps. Chabot and Davis also highlight Spencer Weitman, president of National Cement, a guest of Speaker Boehner’s at the recent Joint Session of Congress. Mr. Weitman filmed a short video explaining how regulatory obstacles created by Washington have forced National Cement to suspend a $350 million construction project that would have created more than 1,500 new jobs. “We do not want the same thing to happen to cement-related jobs in our region,” they write.