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HR 4078 - Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act - Key Vote

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Laura Richardson voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (245-172) - (Key vote)

Title: Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits "significant regulatory actions" until the United States unemployment rate is 6 percent or less.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits an agency from taking any “significant regulatory action” until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 6 percent (Sec. 102).
  • Defines “significant regulatory action” as any action that is likely to result in a rule or guidance with a fiscal effect of $50 million or more as determined by the Office of Management and Budget, or to adversely affect one of the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 105):
    • The economy;
    • Jobs;
    • The environment; or
    • Public health or safety.
  • Authorizes an agency to take a “significant regulatory action” if the President determines by Executive Order that the action is any of the following (Sec. 103):
    • Necessary because of an imminent threat to health, safety, or another emergency;
    • Necessary for the enforcement of criminal or civil rights laws;
    • Necessary for the national security of the United States; or
    • Issued pursuant to any statute that implements an international trade agreement.
  • Authorizes the President to submit a request for a “significant regulatory action” to Congress for a waiver if the action is not eligible for a Presidential waiver (Sec. 103).
  • Prohibits an agency from proposing or finalizing a “midnight rule” that is likely to result in a fiscal effect of $50 million or more as determined by the Office of Management and Budget, or to adversely affect any of the following, including, but not limited to (Sec. 202):
    • The economy;
    • Jobs;
    • The environment; or
    • Public health or safety.
  • Defines “midnight rule” as any agency statement issued during a specified period of time that is intended to have the force and effect of a law and is designed for one of the following reasons (Sec. 205):
    • To implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy; or
    • To describe the procedure or practice requirements of an agency.
  • Exempts agencies from the provisions of this bill if a deadline for action meets the following criteria (Sec. 203):
    • Is for, relating to, or involving any “midnight rule”;
    • Is established before the beginning of the temporary prohibition on “significant regulatory action”; or
    • Is required to be taken during the temporary prohibition on “significant regulatory action.”
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

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