By Joel Turner
With unemployment remaining unacceptably high across the 5th District and the country, Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Chatham) said that the U.S House of Representatives has focused on promoting pro-growth policies that would remove the federal government as a barrier to job creation and help get the economy back on track.
The House has passed another bipartisan bill that would rein in the job-destroying regulatory agenda that has been imposed by the Obama Administration, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hurt said.
The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act would require the examination of the cumulative economic impact of more than a dozen EPA regulations in an effort to better understand how these policies affect American manufacturing, global competitiveness, energy prices and jobs, Hurt said.
Analyzing and measuring the overall economic impact of environmental regulations put in place by the EPA is "a common sense process and will help ensure that our small businesses, farmers, and job creators are not overburdened with unnecessary, costly regulations at a time when they can least afford it," Hurt said.
As a part of the House's jobs agenda, the TRAIN Act is another step in the continued efforts to reduce the crushing regulatory burden that stifles job growth and help restore economic certainty to the marketplace, he said.
"It will help to provide our true job creators with the confidence, freedom and opportunity necessary to grow their businesses and put people back to work," the congressman said.
Another piece of legislation that is advancing as a part of the House's jobs and regulatory relief agenda is the Farm Dust Regulation and Prevention Act, which Hurt co-authored with Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD).
It is a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the EPA from burdening farmers and small business owners in rural America with additional dust regulations.
"I am glad to see that support and momentum continue to grow for the bill and that Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) has introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate," Hurt said.
"It is my hope that the Senate will take quick action on these bills that will reduce unnecessary regulations as well as on the dozens of other common sense, House-passed jobs bills that currently remained stalled in the Senate so that we can move our economy forward and get Americans working again," Hurt added.