Regulations Stifling American Economy

Floor Speech

By:  John Carter
Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CARTER. Mr. Speaker, that was an interesting conversation we just heard. I was very impressed by that. And I agree, we need to expand infrastructure. Everything that was said there is important.

You know, I've been talking on the floor of the House about regulations recently; and as I listened to my Democratic colleagues talk about infrastructure, I was reminded that we have a bunch of new regulations on cement that are going to drive our cement industry out of the country. It's going to be a little tough to build bridges without cement. We have moratoriums on oil and gas. Asphalt is made with oil, so we need to think out these projects as we go forward.

Today I'm going to talk about some regulations, and I'm very grateful to be joined by numerous of my colleagues; and we are going to be talking about some new regulations that are going to attempt to be imposed upon an industry that is struggling and will, quite honestly, be a setback, in my opinion.

I'm going to start off by recognizing Mr. Guinta and letting him tell us his comments on the subject of the new 54-mile-per-gallon rules that are being proposed for our automobiles.

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Mr. CARTER. I thank you, and I agree with absolutely everything you've said. I think it's a real eye-opener to realize that we sit here and we have a State of the Union address where the middle class was referenced, I don't know, a dozen times probably, how it is all about the middle class and how we are going to do things for the middle class. I guess we can start off by saying that the first thing we are going to do is raise the price of a car for you by $3,200, not because we have to, not because it fits our plan of coming up with fuel standards, which we had in place before the EPA in California interfered, no. We're going to do it now even though it was supposed to be 3 years from now that we start looking at these standards, and we're going to take $3,200 out of your pocket when you buy that first car. That doesn't seem to be looking out for the middle class.

I think this House ought to be looking out for the middle class. I think they ought to be looking out for the buyer. I think we ought to realize that in a time when we have an industry which we had to pour literally billions and billions and billions of dollars in to save--and we've done it. We've got it, at least we hope, back on its feet--and then all of a sudden we impose standards upon that industry which, quite honestly, will probably harm them, you raise the price of your product $3,200 that you weren't expecting to raise, you're not ready for that kind of problem.

Finally, and most importantly for Texans, the pickup truck capital of the world, I'm told this will eliminate SUVs and pickup trucks. And them's fightin' words where we come from. So that's the other thing that we ought to be concerned about. The lifestyle of Americans is going to be changed by requiring standards that some certain vehicles, quite honestly the engineers tell us, just can't get there. We're not thinking these things out. We're too busy. There's too many people around this town that are too busy trying to get the government in control of your entire life that they're not thinking out what they're doing. Thank you for your comments.

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