Yesterday Jaime Herrera Beutler cast her vote in favor of a jobs bill that would increase regulatory fairness for the nation's small businesses.
As a member of the House Small Business Committee, Jaime helped advance the Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act through the Committee markup process and proceed to the House floor for consideration by Congress. This bill requires federal agencies to consider the economic impact of their regulations on small businesses, and requires them to consider less burdensome alternatives if the impact is significant. The bill actually strengthens the existing Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) by increasing the power of the Office of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy to enforce the RFA. It also removes loopholes federal agencies have been using to bypass this common sense law.
The bipartisan bill passed by a vote of 263-159.
Below is an excerpt from her floor speech in support of the bill:
"What if this government started by saying "What can we do to help you, not hurt you, or impede your success?' And that's what this Congress is going to be doing this week as we consider the Regulatory Flexibility Act, HR 527. It's a bill that strengthens existing law. It simply says: if a federal rule is killing jobs, a federal agency is required to find a rule that's less burdensome. It's pretty cut and dry, it's something we should be doing already, but we actually have to pass a bill to require it.
"Now when the federal agencies here in Washington, DC issue one rule after another, small businesses pay the price and our economy loses jobs."