U.S.Representative John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) released the following statement after voting for the Red Tape Reduction act, which passed the House today by a vote of 245-172:
"I've had the privilege of starting businesses and creating jobs across northwest Louisiana, so I've experienced the strangling, job-killing nature of some government regulations. There is a place for government to work smartly and efficiently with small businesses, not against them. The bill we passed today in the House would hit the 'pause' button on the federal government's ability to pump out new regulations that could harm the economy. While our nation's unemployment rate has been above 8% for 41 straight months, the Obama Administration has continued to churn out thousands of new rules and regulations, even as business owners keep telling Washington that taxation and regulation are making it harder for them to hire new employees. The federal government needs to get out of the way."