Griffin: Regulations ‘Stifling Job Creation’

February 11, 2011

Kenneth Ryan James, (202) 225-2506

Griffin: Regulations ‘Stifling Job Creation’
Calls for common sense solutions’ to end overly burdensome regs

WASHINGTON –Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.Res. 72, legislation directing certain standing House committees to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders from agencies of the Federal Government, particularly with respect to their effect on jobs and economic growth:

Griffin made the following remarks:



Remarks on the Floor of the House
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02)
February 11, 2011

Madame Speaker,

I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 72 because I believe that a number of regulations issued by the federal agencies are stifling job creation. And, from the sound of it, President Obama agrees.

On January 18 of this year, President Obama issued an Executive Order stating that “our regulatory system must … promot[e] economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation.” I agree with the President on all those points.

Some regulations are critical to protect our health and provide a safe place to live and work, but there are a number of regulations affecting job creators, including small businesses and community banks. These regulations are overly burdensome, repetitive, and just plain don’t make sense.  Not a day goes by without one of my constituents complaining over the EPA’s overreaching policies.  The Administration is trying to do through regulations what it couldn’t get passed into law.

As a result, job creators spend their money complying with these burdensome regulations – money they should use to create jobs; money that should be used to invest in research and capital improvements; and money that should be used to spur innovation.  

For example, job creators are spending money planning for more burdensome EPA regulations on boilers--boilers used every day to heat schools and businesses.  And, now, the EPA wants to apply the oil spill law to force dairy farmers to spend millions of dollars preparing for spilled milk because of the amount of fat in it.  What if it is skim milk? If it wasn’t so troubling, it might be funny.

On top of this, regulations yet to be written inject uncertainty into the economy, further stifling job creation.  Uncertainty over renewable tax credits, for example, is forcing a Little Rock company—back home in my district—to stop building wind turbines because they don’t know if they can sell them. 

I’ve heard concerns back home over the lack of transparency from unelected federal workers that have never met the folks in Arkansas. And they’ve never held a town hall.  They don’t hold town halls before they write these regulations. Yet they pass the equivalent of laws every day.

We can do better.  Let’s seek common sense solutions to our problems and stop the federal government from killing jobs.

Thank you, and I yield back the balance of my time.

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010.   For the 112th Congress, he is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority.

Griffin is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University.  He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 14 years, was deployed to Iraq and holds the rank of Major.  He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.  Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

Griffin’s congressional offices are located in Little Rock and Washington, D.C., and are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, except for federal holidays.  Office locations and directions are available online at, by phone (501) 324-5941 or by writing the Office of Congressman Tim Griffin, 1232 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515