This past week, the House continued to move forward with our pro-growth agenda to help small businesses succeed and to help get Central and Southside Virginians back to work. As part of this effort, we voted on legislation that will reduce regulatory burdens on our small business owners by ensuring a reasonable and responsible regulatory structure. This legislation is comprised of seven bills that all further the goal of holding the federal government accountable for the effects of over-regulation as we work to rebuild our economy. I delivered the below remarks on the House floor in support of this legislation. You may also view them at hurt.house.gov:
"I rise today in support of this legislation that will save this country billions of dollars and create thousands of much-needed jobs.
"Mr. Chairman, red tape is a word we hear all too often in Washington, but when you get back to places like Danville, Virginia and talk with the people who are stuck in it, you gain a new perspective on what federal regulations mean to everyone outside of the beltway.
"As the federal government continues to grow in size and scope, our Main Street businesses continue to struggle.
"The President tells us, "The private sector is doing just fine." The President tells that, "If you've got a business, you didn't build it."
"But the President has not told us how he plans to help our small business owners grow and create the jobs our local communities need.
"Our nation has faced over 8% unemployment for more than three years. We are being crushed under a rapidly accumulating $16 trillion debt. And both of these things have everything to do with policies set forth in Washington that grow the federal government and strangle our Main Street businesses.
"Where others will not lead, the House will. That is why we remain focused on adopting legislation like the bill we consider today -- legislation that will remove the federal government as a barrier to job creation. This package of bills will lead us to responsible regulations and ensure that the economic impacts of federal regulations are accounted for. And most important, it will give our small business owners across Central and Southside Virginia the ability to hire and expand their businesses at a time when many are closing their doors.
"This legislation is the kind this country needs to turn the corner from a struggling economy to the America we have known for generations -- a country of limited government and unlimited opportunity. I urge my colleagues to support this bill and I yield back the balance of my time."