Oct 21, 2011
Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing bipartisan legislation that stops excessive federal regulations that raise prices on consumers and put jobs at risk:
"As a key part of the GOP jobs plan
, House Republicans are focused on eliminating excessive federal regulations that needlessly raise prices on consumers and put thousands of jobs at risk.
"We can all agree that there are reasonable regulations that protect our children and keep our environment clean. But then there are excessive regulations that unnecessarily increase costs for consumers and small businesses, making it harder to create jobs. It’s this latter type of government regulation that is wrongly hampering job creation in America, and is targeted under our jobs plan.
"Recently, the House passed a series of bipartisan, common-sense bills that remove government obstacles to job growth and, if approved by the president and Senate, will help to encourage job growth in Ohio and across America.
"One bipartisan bill passed on October 13 (H.R. 2250) would protect more than 200,000 American jobs put at risk by unworkable new federal restrictions on boilers used by thousands of major employers. These new restrictions threaten businesses small and large - including hospitals, factories, and colleges - by imposing billions of dollars in new costs and making many goods and services even more expensive. The bipartisan bill approved by the House as part of our jobs plan would provide regulatory relief to affected employers by directing the federal government to reissue the rules in a manner that is less burdensome and more achievable in practice.
"SMART Papers, a Hamilton-based paper maker, is one local company hurt by the cost and uncertainty these excessive regulations are creating. As reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer
, Tim Needham, SMART Papers’ Chairman, said ‘the rules would require his company to essentially replace its existing boilers’ – even though ‘current boiler technology doesn’t exist’ to comply with the government mandates. With job creators struggling to make payroll every month, our bipartisan bill would halt this regulation and prevent it from causing unforeseen long-term economic damage, and allow for a process by which a more realistic, balanced standard can be put in place.
"Another bipartisan bill - the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act - would stop federal regulations that could shut down up to 20 percent of the nation’s cement manufacturing plants in the next two years, sending thousands of jobs permanently overseas and driving up cement and construction costs across the country. In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer
, Brad Slabaugh of Hilltop Basic Resources, a Cincinnati-based company visited by President Obama last month, spoke out in favor of the bipartisan legislation.
"'We're not asking for regulations to go away,' said Mr. Slabaugh, 'but they have to be reasonable.' The current regulations ‘are not reasonable, not attainable and not looking at the economic impact.' In fact, the existing regulations 'would raise costs for Hilltop by $1.25 million annually in a time when their payroll has decreased from 240 employees in 2007 to 187 today.' Our bill would force federal regulators to develop a more balanced and effective approach that will protect public health and the environment without imposing unnecessary economic harm on American workers and businesses like Hilltop.
"In the coming months, the House will continue to pass bipartisan, pro-job growth legislation that removes government barriers to private-sector job growth – including excessive regulations and red tape. The American people want both parties to work together, find common ground, and create a better environment for job creation – and that’s exactly what we’re focused on. You can learn more about our jobs plan and track our progress on jobs.GOP.gov
Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.