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Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CLAY. Madam Chair, I thank the gentleman for yielding.

The majority's plan to stop national safeguards will harm real Americans. Regulations affect real people, not just balance sheets. When we look at the cost of regulations, we have to examine more than cold dollar amounts. We also have to look at the benefits. We have to look at the real lives saved and at the real catastrophic injuries prevented. We have to look at the real American families who live healthier, happier, and safer lives because of Federal regulations, regulations that protect them in their homes, regulations that protect them at their jobs, and regulations that protect them in their communities, places of worship, the roads they drive on, the stores where they shop, the schools where their children learn, and the parks where they play.

The majority's plan will have real negative consequences on the economy and on the health and safety of all Americans, especially those among us who need the most help. The majority's plan would prevent HUD from updating their housing subsidy rates, and more families would be without a place to live. Worker safety will be jeopardized because the majority's plan would block workplace regulations. Children will be put at greater risk because the majority's plan would prevent the Federal Government from protecting them.

Madam Chair, we need to work together to create jobs and protect American families, and we don't have to choose between the two.


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