Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released the following statement in support of H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act. The measure passed today in the United States House of Representatives by 245-172.
"Too often bureaucratic red tape and needless, costly federal regulations keep America's innovators and small businesses from creating jobs," said Aderholt. "While our nation's small businesses have created 64 percent of all new jobs in the U.S. in the past 15 years, they face an annual regulatory burden that is 36 percent higher than larger firms."
"Under the current Administration, businesses have seen a surge in rules and regulations published in the Federal Register. These 41,662 pages of compliance requirements would cost $56.6 billion and result in paperwork that would take 114.1 million hours to complete. Further, the Dodd-Frank law has produced regulations with more than $7 billion in direct costs and regulations imposed in ObamaCare come with an estimated $17.1 billion in private-sector burdens. It is unfortunate that this Administration does not see the correlation between bureaucratic red tape put forth over the past few years and the stifled economic recovery and growth," continued Aderholt.
"In the 112th Congress the House has passed a number of common sense, red tape reducing measures including H.R. 4850, the Enabling Energy Savings Innovation Act that I introduced earlier this year. The bill will simply allow companies to manufacture and purchase innovative walk-in cooler and freezer technologies that are more energy efficient than systems that are currently allowed by outdated standards implemented in 2007. It is simply a common sense solution to what never should have never been a problem to begin with, but sadly became another bureaucratic nightmare."
"It should not take an act of Congress to get bureaucracy out of the way of our nation's job creators, but I am committed to doing just that when Washington is blatantly standing in the way of jobs and economic growth," concluded Aderholt.
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.