Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) today voted in support of H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act. It was approved by the House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote of 245 to 172.
The bill is a package of several common-sense jobs bills focused on eliminating excessive government regulations and red tape that make it harder for small businesses to hire and hurt economic growth. It would, among other things, impose a freeze on significant regulations that harm the economy until the national unemployment rate falls to 6% or below; create a streamlined process for consideration of federal permits for construction projects; and permanently prevent "lame duck" presidential administrations from issuing economically significant regulations.
Representative Guinta said: "Job creators all across New Hampshire's First Congressional District tell me the same thing: "Red tape is strangling my small business.' I heard it repeatedly at the Red Tape Forum I hosted in Manchester last month. Washington's zeal keeps the bureaucratic paperwork coming -- the Federal Register, which publishes all those regulations, is 41,662 pages long and growing. Small business owners say there's no way of knowing what new round of red tape will come their way tomorrow. It's time to regulate the bureaucrats who issue all those harmful regulations. This bill does that."
The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.