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How Is Regulation Hurting Job Growth?

Rep. Sensenbrenner wants to hear from employers shackled by federal mandates.

The old adage by Benjamin Franklin goes, “The only thing certain in life is death and taxes.” Today, we could update that maxim to include death, taxes, and regulations.

In an unprecedented fashion, there has been a landslide of regulations coming out of Washington that threaten our already fragile economy.

According to the President’s own Office of Management and Budget, since fiscal year 2009, 162 major rules have been issued, many of these rules having an impact of $100 million or more annually on the economy. Along with the other challenges businesses face today, Washington’s red tape kills job growth and slows our recovery.

For instance, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a mammoth 276-page book of rules to regulate boilers, called “Boiler MACT.” Hundreds of thousands of churches, factories, restaurants, schools and even farms across the country who use boilers to generate electricity would be required to conduct emissions testing and comply with regulations.

A study by the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners on the draft Boiler MACT rules found that for every $1 billion spent on upgrade and compliance costs, 16,000 jobs will be put at risk and U.S. GDP would be reduced by as much as $1.2 billion. Thankfully, through the work of several of my colleagues in the House, the EPA finally saw the light and delayed implementation of this rule.

Still, burdensome regulations, and the threat of proposed regulations like Boiler MACT, create a climate of uncertainty that chills employers from hiring or investing.

To help alleviate the burden of government red tape, House Republicans are auditing existing and pending regulations to identify and address those that hinder economic growth. In order to do that effectively, we want to hear from business owners, employers and entrepreneurs who are working to grow our private sector employment.

How has government hindered your ability to expand and hire new employees? Speak out on burdensome regulations by visiting a new page on my website to offer your perspective and experiences.

Your input will aid me in my legislative decisions and will be used to publicly educate Congress and the American people about the challenges facing U.S. job creators.

The size and scope of government has exploded. Enough is enough. The Administration’s heavy-handed approach to regulations and hostile relationship with job creators has taken a toll on our economy.   Washington should be focused on reducing the barriers to success for job creators, not making it more difficult for them. I look forward to supporting common-sense, pro-growth policies that remove Washington as a roadblock to job creation and restore confidence in our private sector.

Steve August 26, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Ok, well here is what you meant then. "Regulations don't kill the economy but set conditions on production that must be met for the greater good. Smart (white) business figures out how to meet the requirements and still make a profit." Lyle - 10:50am on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 More use of race by the democrat talking machine to gain further power, control, and pass more regulation.
Steve August 26, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Or the libs stop using them as pawns and keep handing out our tax dollars ever increasing the welfare state. -Sincerely Racist white republican evil business owner
Lyle Ruble August 26, 2011 at 07:54 PM
@Patriot...In today's society It is impossible to allow a discriminatory practices to continue. To require a group to "assimilate" to a white majority standard is not only difficult, it is impossible. One of the problems that people of color, African Americans, have faced is that they cannot change their skin color to accommodate complete assimilation like other past ethnic groups. The color of their skins automatically categorizes them and prompts stereotypical perceptions and behavior. Just like your comment to "Hustler mentality", you automatically categorize their culture, folkways and morays into something negative and less than the culture you embrace. Your family history as well as mine is significantly different, but different doesn't mean right.
Lyle Ruble August 26, 2011 at 08:01 PM
@Steve...Where are you coming up with this "pawn of liberals" crap. You are categorizing people as not being smart enough to understand the conditions they are subjected to and that lacking the intelligence they, as a group, can be manipulated into something that is not in their best interest. In many respects, that line of thought is deeply discounting and racist. Unfortunately what you signed your comment with as "Racist white republican evil business owner" appears to be appropriate.
Lyle Ruble August 26, 2011 at 11:21 PM
@Patriot...You need to read more history. African American unemployment has been high and growing beginning in the 1980s. The U6 numbers you are quoting are actually low considering the real rate of unemployment in the African American communities. The true overall rate is somewhere around 25% and if you're a young African American male, ages between 18 and 24, the unemployment rate is closer to 50%. It is not that these people don't want to work, it is the opportunity to work that is the problem. There clearly aren't the jobs available to accommodate the ranks of the unemployed within this group. Beyond education and skill training, they also are plagued with transportation problems. This community is highly dependent on public transportation and most of the industry have moved further out from their communities, making it nearly impossible to get to the work locations. Obama is clearly aware of the conditions of the "poor black family" as are many others. The ability for these families to move out of poverty requires education, transportation and opportunity. These are not stupid people. If given a decent opportunity they will seek it and thrive. Your continued reliance on racist stereotypes and prejudiced beliefs, creates conditions whereas you are unable to see the truth of the sitauation.

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