House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today praised passage of a resolution (H. Res. 72) directing House committees to inventory and review federal agency rules and regulations that may be making it harder create jobs and grow the economy:
“Republicans are focused on creating a better environment for economic growth and job creation. To help end some of the uncertainty plaguing job creators, we’ve directed House committees to begin reviewing and rooting out job-crushing federal rules and regulations.
“In hearing after hearing this week, lawmakers have listened to small business owners testify that excessive federal regulations are making it harder to create new jobs. Whether it’s the health care law with its maze of mandates, taxes, and penalties, or the hundreds of rules being written by multiple agencies to implement the Dodd-Frank bill, employers don’t know what’s coming next – they can’t plan, they can’t invest, and they can’t hire new workers. This must change.
“Our new majority made a pledge to liberate our economy from the shackles of debt, over-taxation, and excessive regulations, and it’s a pledge we will keep. By engaging in real oversight of the sprawling federal government, identifying job-destroying regulations, and stopping Washington’s regulatory assault on the private sector, we can improve the environment for economic growth and help get America back to creating jobs.”
NOTE: In addition to today’s resolution, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) has introduced the REINS Act which requires Congressional approval of any new federal regulation with an economic impact of at least $100 million – a key part of Republicans’ pledge to “rein in the red tape factory in Washington, DC.” The House has also voted to repeal the job-destroying health care law and will vote next week to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending.
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