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Mr. CANSECO. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentlelady from North Carolina, and I rise today in strong support of the rule for H.R. 4078.
The Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act is an important piece of legislation that will ensure the government does not stand in the way of America's job creators.
I have the honor of representing a district that reaches from San Antonio, Texas, to El Paso, Texas, including nearly 800 miles of U.S.-Mexico border. When I head home for a work period, my days are spent on the road meeting with diverse groups of small businessmen, entrepreneurs, community bankers, farmers, energy producers, teachers, and law enforcement agents.
The most common theme that I hear from my constituents, whether they're Democrat or Republican, conservatives or liberals, to the left or to the right, is that the Federal Government is intrusive and standing in the way of job creation by issuing job-killing regulations. One constituent even sent a letter to my office on how regulations and high energy costs are impacting his family. He writes:
Our family is on a fixed income. It has become a hardship to buy gasoline. Now, with the coal mines being shut down, our electric bills are going to go through the roof. I guess the wife and I will have to get a block of ice and a box fan to stay cool this summer.
Since President Obama took office, we have seen a 52 percent increase in regulations deemed economically significant, which means a regulation costs the economy at least $100 million annually. And according to a September 2010 report from the Small Business Administration, total regulatory costs amount to $1.75 trillion annually, enough money for business to provide 35 million private sector jobs with an average salary of $50,000. In the midst of an economic downturn in which the unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months, 35 million private sector jobs is a very significant amount of jobs.
The legislation we begin to consider today is an important step in the right direction to provide certainty to our Nation's job creators so they can start hiring again and get our economy back on track.
It is amazing that this year alone, the Federal Register, where rules and regulations are published for the public to view, has seen more than 41,000 pages alone devoted to this regulatory explosion. These regulations would cost $56 billion and result in paperwork burdens that would take 114 million hours to complete. That is 13,000 years working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Imagine how many jobs we could create in America if those 114 million paperwork hours were spent on building roads, issuing loans, expanding small businesses, and selling products instead of pushing paperwork across a desk to please a government regulator.
From regulating farm dust, stock tanks, and streams on private property, keeping young people off the farm, and imposing the most expensive rule ever on the energy sector, nothing is off limits for the out-of-control regulators in this administration. Even though the House of Representatives has had some success in reining in job-killing regulations, right now it is still a good time to go to work for the Federal Government as a regulator in Washington, DC, because they are hiring.
If we want more jobs on Main Street, we need less red tape from bureaucrats and other regulators in Washington, DC.
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