Mr. HARPER. Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.
H.R. 2681 is on the House floor today as part of the Republican regulatory relief agenda to reduce job-killing government regulation on businesses. This bipartisan bill would provide a much needed legislative stay for the EPA to redraft new cement requirements that would affect approximately 100 cement plants and thousands of jobs.
This type of government regulation hinders job creation and forces American jobs overseas. The American public is growing increasingly concerned about government regulation coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency. A recent survey found that 74 percent of American voters throughout the country believe that businesses and consumers are overregulated. This overregulation has a chilling effect on job creation.
I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 2681 in an effort to rein in the EPA and government regulation.