• Don Seymour
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  • 08/16/2010

Boehner Challenges White House Re: Onslaught of Jobs-Killing Federal Rules

Jobs & the Economy

Republicans are fighting to stop President Obama's jobs-killing assault on private employers. National Review reports that the latest salvo in that effort is a letter by Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to the White House "protesting billions in new federal rules small-businesses are facing." The letter reads in part:

"It has recently come to our attention that the Administration's published regulatory agenda includes a total of 191 planned rulemakings, each with an estimated annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more, and that a number of these planned rulemakings may each have an annual economic cost in excess of $1 billion. …

"On July 23, Reps. Geoff Davis (R-KY) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) sent a letter to the Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) requesting that the Administration provide a list of all pending rulemakings with a projected cost to our economy in excess of $1 billion. …

"I am writing [to] respectfully request that this information be provided to Congress by your Administration at the earliest opportunity."

The onslaught of jobs-killing federal regulations has created a crippling amount of uncertainty for private employers. That's one reason Boehner and Republicans are also backing a bill by Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) called the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which the Cincinnati Enquirer says "would require Congressional approval for major regulatory changes, defined as those that would have an annual economic impact of $100 million or more."

But that's not all. Republicans have also pledged to help small businesses create new jobs by cutting government spending, repealing ObamaCare and starting over with common-sense reforms that lower costs, stopping the bailouts, and more. The Chicago Tribune says the Democrats' deluge of federal rules, the reckless spending and proposed tax hikes, the permanent bailouts bill, and their government takeover of health care are all major causes of our economic paralysis:

"This won't be quick. The massive bill signed into law last month sets the stage for drawn-out studies, rulemaking and comment periods. It creates three new regulatory authorities that must be integrated with the existing hodgepodge of financial regulators. Anyone who's seen how Washington deals with mammoth-size bills like this — health reform, for instance — rightly anticipates a long, messy period of sausage-making.

"For the fizzling economic recovery, the timing hardly could be worse. Coupled with doubts about federal tax policy and weakening public finances at the state and local level, the new legislation puts a drag on spending, hiring and investment. ...

"There's no question the uncertainty spawned in Washington has led employers to hunker down and hold back."

With Democrats running Washington, "It's never been costlier to hire and keep a worker employed," says Investor's Business Daily. That's something Republicans want to change. If you want to help GOP Leader John Boehner and The Freedom Project back reform-minded candidates for Congress who want to grow the economy – not the government – click here now or consider supporting GOP candidates directly.

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