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Westmoreland and Braley Introduce Legislation to Streamline American Manufacturing

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Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03) and Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) have introduced H.R. 5710, the Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations (BURR) Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at reducing the burdensome regulations on deli-style display cases by separating these cases into their own product classification. Currently, these refrigerators must pass the efficiency test of conventional refrigerators, called reach-ins. Deli display cases, in comparison, are designed to make their products highly visible - they require more glass and lighting than conventional reach-ins. Therefore, their design makes it impossible to reach the minimum efficiency standards that they currently must meet. Creating a separate product classification for these deli-style display cases will lessen the regulatory burden that manufacturers across the country are facing.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03): "Sometimes smaller issues, like this one, are overlooked in a federal government as large as ours. But that doesn't mean they aren't important and don't impact the livelihood of many Americans, including many of your friends and neighbors here in Georgia. By creating a separate product class for these display cases, we are allowing American manufacturers to continue to make and sell them -- saving American manufacturing jobs -- and we can do so at no cost to the American taxpayer. It's bipartisan bills like this that show both sides of the aisle are opposed to the overregulation that has become commonplace in Washington. The more regulations and red tape created by bureaucrats in Washington, the harder it is for American companies to succeed, making it harder for them to expand and hire new employees. By eliminating unnecessary regulations, we are able to encourage job creation and economic growth. I'm proud to have joined Congressman Braley in introducing the bipartisan BURR Act and encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us in eliminating this unnecessary regulation."

Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01): "When government regulations defy common sense and put jobs at risk, it's time for a change. With their regulation, the Department of Energy has effectively outlawed refrigerated display cases commonly found in grocery stores, delis, ice cream shops, and restaurants. This regulation is unfair and harmful to manufacturing in Iowa and America. Our bipartisan bill will reverse this misguided regulation and protect American jobs. I'm proud to work with Congressman Westmoreland to create a common sense solution that will appeal to people on both sides of the aisle."


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