Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

Floor Speech

By:  Ann Marie Buerkle
Date: July 25, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. BUERKLE. Madam Chair, I stand here today in strong support of H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Creation Act, which takes important steps and strides to provide our businesses and our small businesses throughout this country with some certainty, the certainty that they so desperately need.

Every time I'm home in my district, I hear from my constituents, my small business owners. They want to know when is this deluge of regulations out of Washington going to end. And that's what this bill addresses today.

It's such a harsh reminder that this administration's policies are not working.

Rather than looking ahead, our small businesses and our job creators are ducking and hiding behind the myriad, the deluge of mandates and regulations that so restrict their growth. This uncertainty that these regulations create is the enemy of growth, and it's why our economy does not move forward, and it's why it is so stagnant.

This year, the Federal Register has reached nearly 42,000 pages with regulations that cost our American businesses $56.6 billion and that result in 114 million hours of paperwork. That's why our economy is not growing. They cannot even deal with the deluge of regulations coming out of Washington.

Why should an owner of a supermarket in upstate New York spend his time dealing with the 15,000 pages of regulations from the Affordable Care Act rather than paying attention to the inventory in his grocery store?

Simply put, Madam Chair, Washington's attitude toward the private sector is discouraging. It's time for Congress to reverse the trend and to let America's job creators know that we stand beside them rather than in front of them, blocking their progress and their growth.

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