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Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

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Mr. HALL. Madam Speaker, I, of course, rise in support of H.R. 4078, the Regulatory Freeze for Job Acts of 2012, which seeks to eliminate needless red tape and puts Americans back to work. I also thank and am proud of Darrell Issa and Lamar Smith for the handling of this bill.

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has explored regulatory hurdles being put up by a number of agencies, and we've seen a massive expansion of red tape under this administration. Much of it has come from the Environmental Protection Agency, where too many of the environmental regulations put forward have been based on secret science, hidden data, and predetermined outcomes--and some just outright phony.

EPA appears to be hostile toward economic growth and job creation. For example, EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule added Texas in at the last minute and threatened hundreds of jobs in my district and electric reliability across my State.

One amendment to be offered to H.R. 4078, while well-intentioned, may have the unintended effect of driving agencies to make policy decisions without considering scientific information.

While science almost never provides one specific answer to a policy decision, sound science should be used to inform the ultimate decision-maker. Science can tell you how the world is, not how the world should be.

Eliminating other considerations, whether they be moral or ethical, leaves some scientists and unelected bureaucrats in charge.

At a time, Madam Speaker, when many American families are struggling, H.R. 4078 eliminates red tape, reduces costs, and improves the environment for small businesses and job creators by getting Washington out of the way.

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