U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today voted against H.R. 4078, the "GOP Safeguards Shutdown bill," which is attempting to place a moratorium on any and all significant regulations.
The omnibus GOP Safeguards Shutdown bill is a compilation of seven bills -- all but one of which are GOP special-interest bills that are designed to attack and undermine regulatory safeguards.
Rep. Johnson supported amendments that, among other things, protect benefits under the Affordable Care Act that prohibits insurance companies from refusing to sell coverage or renew policies because of a person has a pre-existing condition.
"Instead of creating jobs, the Tea Party Republicans are assaulting the very regulations that ensure we have clean air, safe water and food. They want to create so many barriers and obstacles that it would essentially make it impossible for federal agencies to do their jobs. This isn't red tape reduction, rather it's red tape strangulation."
The GOP Safeguards Shutdown bill would:
* Seniors: According to CBO, the bill would prevent annual updates for many Medicare providers, including hospitals -- undermining the quality of care for millions of seniors.
* Consumers: The bill would block rules implementing the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, which would dramatically improve food safety for America's consumers.
* Children: The bill would block regulatory actions to improve children's health and safety, including finalizing a pending rule related to improving the safety of infant formula.
* Middle Class: The bill would block the finalizing of fuel efficiency-carbon pollution standards for vehicles, supported by industry, which would save Americans money at the pump.
* Veterans: The bill would harm our nation's veterans by preventing finalizing the rules implementing the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2010.