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Mr. DREIER. Mr. Speaker, it is true that this is all about creating jobs. Job creation and economic growth is our number one priority.
I have been listening to this debate over the last few minutes and have come to a really striking conclusion. My colleagues on the other side of the aisle seem to believe that Democrats believe that the government creates jobs, and we believe that the American people create jobs, and our goal is to get out of the way so that in fact that can happen. We want the government to get out of the way so that that can happen.
Now, my friend from Santa Ana earlier was talking about the fact that this institution has the ability to proceed with oversight to deal with these onerous regulations. Everyone seems to acknowledge that the regulations are great, but the fact of the matter is, in 2009, the Obama administration propounded 59 major new regulations; in 2010 it was 61; and under the permanent bailout bill, it is projected there will be 218 new regulations dealing with 11 agencies that will be impinging on the ability for economic growth.
We know that the average cost per employee for small businesses, businesses with 20 or fewer employees, is $10,585. That is the average per employee cost for businesses with fewer than 20 employees. That is a study that came out last September from Lafayette University. So it is obvious that we have been talking about this regulatory burden undermining the potential for job creation and economic growth. This is all about creating jobs, contrary to what so many of my friends on the other side of the aisle are making.
We had in our pledge--we said we are going to rein in the red tape. That is the priority we established last summer when we came forward with our Pledge to America, and I am very gratified to see that the President has followed through with his Executive order to try and deal with the regulatory burden.
We know that in The Wall Street Journal he penned a very important piece in which he recognized that this regulatory burden is very great and needs to be reduced, and, of course, we saw the President's speech before the United States Chamber of Commerce in which he talked about the problems of regulation and his priority of ensuring that we do that.
Why is it that we have this resolution? Let me say I greatly appreciate the fact that my good friend, the vice chairman of the Rules Committee from Dallas, Mr. Sessions, has authored this important resolution. Why? Because we believe that this institution, with the strength of a strong, bold, bipartisan vote, saying to committees that we understand that when you have a $10,585 per employee cost for small businesses with fewer than 20 employees due to regulation, that we need to have a laser-like approach on dealing with that regulatory burden. That is why we are here. That is why we are doing this.
So we believe that the signal that this resolution will send, Mr. Speaker, will go a long way toward letting the American people know, the marketplace know, that we are going to be committed in a bipartisan way to getting input from both Democrats and Republicans to try and rein in this regulatory burden that exists and undermines the potential for job creation and economic growth. So I think that we will have a strong bipartisan vote on the measure, and I urge my colleagues to vote for it.
I say that I look forward, as I have upstairs in the Rules Committee, to continuing my effort to reach out to Democrats, to working with them on thoughtful proposals that they have, because there are good ideas that come from both sides, and I believe that as we tackle the issue of regulatory reform that both sides will be able to participate
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