Congressman Tim Murphy (PA-18) today released the following statement applauding the House of Representative's passage of H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act.
"Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, we are blessed with abundant coal and natural gas, but the EPA is set to shut the lights out on our region's energy economy," said Congressman Murphy. "If all 148 EPA regulations related to coal alone are implemented, we'll lose not just coal jobs, but thousands more in steel and manufacturing reliant on affordable energy.
"Today's passage of the Red Tape Reduction Act ensures that regulations not directly responsible for protecting the public's health and well-bring are not imposed until the unemployment level drops below six percent nationally. With more than 23 million Americans out of work or looking for more work, this bill is a positive step forward that will help to provide certainty to small businesses who have held back on growth and hiring. I urge my colleagues in the Senate take up this bill for a vote, and to join the House in focusing on policies to advance long-term, well-paying jobs for the American people."