Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) defended his first piece of sponsored legislation earlier today before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act (H.R. 1493) passed unanimously, and is now slated to go before the full House Judiciary Committee. Collins released the below statement following the pivotal vote:
"This bill represents my top priority in Congress -- job creation," said Collins. "It's time for the federal government to get out of the way and off the backs of American families and businesses that are gasping for air under President Obama's current obsession with government control and intrusive regulations. We've got to add transparency back into the system, and stop allowing unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to abuse their power and thwart the legislative process. Our Founding Fathers put that system in place for a reason, and it is my job as a defender of our Constitution to protect those rights for the people of Georgia's Ninth District."
Collins' opening statement is attached, and an excerpt has been included below:
"At the subcommittee hearing on H.R. 1493, Mr. Puckett, a small business owner in Mississippi, testified that due to two sue-and-settle agreements, of which he was not allowed to participate in, his small business lost 50 jobs. Two backroom deals, one company, and now 50 families are wondering where their next paycheck will come from. And that is just one example in one state. These backroom deals are threatening hundreds of businesses across every state and Congressional district.
"Hard working men and women are paying the price for a broken rulemaking process that allows special interest groups to skew the balance intended by the Administrative Procedures Act. Fairness, transparency, and equal treatment under the law are not, and should not be, partisan issues. Everyone has a role to play in the rulemaking process, and this legislation ensures everyone is allowed to play their role."
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