This week in Washington, President Obama claimed that he has yet to see a plan for job creation from House Republicans. Our plan, the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators, has been on the table for months and we have passed numerous jobs bills this Congress. Unfortunately for the American people, the jobs bills passed by the House have been stalled by the Democrat-led Senate for months.
Over the past few weeks, the House has passed several regulatory relief bills to remove the unnecessary overreach of the government on job creators in our country. On Thursday, the House approved the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2250) to relieve job creators of the excessive regulatory burden imposed by the EPA through its new Boiler MACT (maximum achievable control technology) rules. The Boiler MACT rules threaten the operations of numerous hospitals, factories, schools and other key employers by punishing them for owning certain heating equipment, which forces them to have increased costs and hire fewer workers.
Today, the House approved the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011 (H.R. 2273) to prevent the EPA from enacting proposed rules to regulate coal combustion residuals (CCRs) as hazardous waste, placing excessive uncertainty on the coal ash recycling industry. This overregulation could drive up energy costs for consumers and would cause thousands of workers in the emerging byproducts industry to lose their jobs. I am encouraged by the passage of these common-sense bills and remain committed to a pro-growth economic agenda that will put America back to work.