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Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. CHU. I rise in opposition to the so-called Regulatory Flexibility Act. This bill shows just how out of touch the House leadership is, not only with the American people, but with America's small businesses.

A recent poll conducted by the Hartford Financial Group asked small businesses to name their biggest barrier to success. Despite the majority's claim, do you know how many cited government rules and regulations as the biggest barrier? Just 9 percent. Instead, a majority, a vast majority, in fact, 59 percent of small businesses, said they struggle the most with finding qualified talent.

So it's clear that this bill does nothing to knock down barriers and help the majority of small businesses with their greatest needs. Instead, it just slows down the regulation process and stops government from protecting the consumers from unsafe products, dirty air or water that could make them sick, a dangerous workplace, or gross misconduct in the financial industry.

Our country's small businesses don't have time for this nonsense. We should be working on a bill that creates jobs and actually helps small business.


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