House Republicans are working to stop the Administration’s excessive regulations that are jeopardizing jobs, passing more than a dozen jobs bills that are sitting in the Democratic-run Senate. The Business Insider noted that “Republicans have made repealing regulations a signature part of their jobs agenda — planning weekly votes on easing the regulatory burden on businesses this fall.”
A news report today from the Wausau (Wisconsin) Daily Herald illustrates the burden small businesses are facing from excessive Washington regulations:
“Currently, the paper industry is staring down a federal regulation that if not delayed by lawmakers could cost the Wisconsin paper industry a half-billion dollars to install new equipment, said Jeffrey Landin, president of the Wisconsin Paper Council. The new rule would put tighter controls on coal-fired boilers, but Landin said the cost to paper companies needs to be weighed against the environmental gain. With papermaking already in a fragile state, Landin said the increased expenses could cost Wisconsin 7,500 jobs in the industry.
“‘It's an incredible cost with no benefit, and it will only cost jobs,’ Landin said. One argument made by proponents of more regulation is that business owners are against protecting the environment. But local business owners argue the opposite is true. They care about the environment but want to protect it in a cost-effective way and through regulations that make sense. ‘The concept that we want to dirty the water and pollute the air is insane, because we have to live in the environment we create,’ Kulp said.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Tom Collamore noted in a recent Washington Post op-ed that regulations are burdening job creators across America:
“There are about 180,000 federal regulations on the books costing Americans $1.7 trillion a year in compliance costs. Small businesses, the nation’s primary job creators, bear a disproportionate share of this burden. According to a report issued by the Small Business Administration last year, small businesses face an annual regulatory cost of $10,585 per employee, more than a third higher than costs borne by larger firms.”
In fact, a recent Gallup survey found that “small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations is the most important problem facing them today.”
Republicans are listening to small business job creators, which is why the House recently passed the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, to prevent the Administration from crushing more than 20,000 paper industry jobs nationwide. The House GOP has also passed more than a dozen jobs bills that are currently stalled in the Democrat-run Senate.
It’s clear that Washington Democrats’ job-crushing policies have thrown a wet blanket on the economy. House Republicans will continue to keep a relentless focus on removing government barriers to private sector job creation. Be sure to check FreedomProject.org regularly for updates.
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