Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) joined forces with fellow conservative, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), yesterday evening to bring together Members from across the country to discuss the need for significant reform to our nation's regulatory protocols. In February, Collins and Yoho established the Freshman Regulatory Reform Working Group as a means to call for a more flexible regulatory system - one that promotes responsible safety regulations while encouraging innovation among the private sector.
Collins also is the original sponsor of the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, a regulatory relief bill that received a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law last week. The bill would increase transparency through the damaging sue and settle litigation practice, removing the authority of the Obama Administration to empower unelected bureaucrats and undermine the proper rulemaking process.
Collins: "In a 2011 speech, President Barack Obama stated that "rules have gotten out of balance,' and the result is "a chilling effect on growth and jobs.' The president is correct. The rules have become so skewed that our nation's regulatory system is at war with America's businesses. Industries such as manufacturing and technology are fighting to compete in a global market, but first they must survive the regulatory beast that is strangling innovation and growth. Congress should encourage innovation and make it easier for businesses to bring new products or processes to the market. Outdated regulations should be cleared off the books - especially those created by unelected bureaucrats. Let's go back to the basics of regulatory overhaul and restore a common-sense approach to regulations that encourages innovation and allows job-creators to thrive."
Yoho: ""Federal regulations cost Americans more than $14,000 each year. Some call it legislation through regulation, but I call it the Dysfunctional Government Tax. Working together, we can bring regulatory relief to the everyone."