A Republican proposal to shut down the nation's regulatory system -- thereby blocking critical new health, environmental, safety and other safeguards -- is an unprecedented attack that would cause harm to millions, said lawmakers, public interest groups and others today. Those affected range from hunters and asthmatics to factory workers and veterans.
In a telephone press conference, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards and several people who would be harmed by the proposal.
"The problem is that the Republican approach is based on a faulty premise--that regulations kill jobs," Cummings said. "This myth has been widely discredited by economists on both sides of the aisle. The time has come for Congress to work together to focus on creating jobs and protecting the health and safety of American families. We do not have to choose one or the other."
The "Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act" (H.R. 4078) would place a moratorium on all new significant federal rules until unemployment drops to 6 percent. This would block many critical rules, including those designed to:
* Make sure power plants, cement plants and industrial boilers comply with the Clean Air Act;
* Ensure food produced on large farms and foreign farms is safe for consumption;
* Protect workers in electronics, nuclear and metalwork industries from toxic beryllium;
* Boost the energy efficiency of a wide range of products;
* Ensure Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive compensation owed to them for extended deployments;
* Track medical devices so patients can be made aware of recalls;
* Establish the rules for bird-hunting season; and
* Protect people from another Wall Street meltdown.