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UPDATE 07/26/2012: House Passes Griffin’s Red Tape Reduction Small Business Jobs Bill

"Sometimes, those [rules and regulations necessary to protect the public]
have gotten out of balance,
placing unreasonable burdens on business—burdens that have stifled innovation

and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs." 

- President Barack Obama, The Wall Street Journal, 
"Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System," January 18, 2011


Read Tim's July 25th op-ed in Roll Call: Job Creators Need a Break From Regulations

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Next year the number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis....

Complexity costs money. Sarbanes-Oxley, a law aimed at preventing Enron-style frauds, has made it so difficult to list shares on an American stockmarket that firms increasingly look elsewhere or stay private. America's share of initial public offerings fell from 67% in 2002 (when Sarbox passed) to 16% last year, despite some benign tweaks to the law. A study for the Small Business Administration, a government body, found that regulations in general add $10,585 in costs per employee. It's a wonder the jobless rate isn't even higher than it is.

The Economist: Over-regulated America, 2/18/2012

During the first three years of the Obama Administration, 106 new major federal regulations added more than $46 billion per year in new costs for Americans. This is almost four times the number—and more than five times the cost—of the major regulations issued by George W. Bush during his first three years.

- The Heritage Foundation, 3/13/2012

[N]early half of small-business owners point to potential healthcare costs (48%) and government regulations (46%) as reasons....

Congress can't do much in the immediate term to significantly improve small-business revenues and growth. However, lawmakers could place a moratorium on new regulations for some period of time. In turn, this might provide the extra push needed to get small-business owners to decide to hire the employees they actually need and get the economy growing at a pace the average American can recognize as an economic recovery.

- Gallup, 2/15/2012

Small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations (22%) is the most important problem facing them today...

- Gallup, 10/24/2011

The 2011 Federal Register finished at 81,247 pages...

Competitive Enterprise Insistute's Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, 2012

Regulatory costs of $1.8 trillion should cause sober reflection. As noted before, that's half of federal spending, and is far less visible than expenditures which have to be appropriated by Congress. The price of regulation is greater than combined annual corporate profits. Regulatory costs run almost ten times as much as total corporate income taxes and nearly twice as much as individual income tax collections. Regulation alone runs about 12 percent of GDP.

The American Spectator, 7/10/2012

[S]mall businesses—which have created 64 percent of all new jobs in the past 15 years—face an annual regulatory cost of $10,585 per employee, which is 36 percent higher than the regulatory cost facing large firms.

- Small Business Administration, 9/2010 [PDF]

78% of small businesses surveyed report the taxation, regulation and legislation from Washington make it harder for their business to hire more employees.  And, 74% say the recent health care law makes it harder for their business to hire more employees.

- Chamber of Commerce Small Business Outlook Survey, 1/2012

Regulatory Freeze Could Save At Least $22.1 Billion, 2.6 Million Hours, and Thousands of Jobs

- American Action Forum, 7/12/2012

In a recent NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers an unfavorable business climate caused by regulations and taxes, cited by over 62 percent of respondents, is the top challenge facing businesses.

- National Association of Manufacturers, 6/4/2012


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H.R. 4078: The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

Read Tim's Op-Ed

Job Creators Need a Break From Regulations 
By Congressman Tim Griffin 
Roll Call 
July 25, 2012

In the past six months, President Barack Obama attended 106 re-election fundraisers — and zero meetings with his jobs council. With America’s unemployment rate above 8 percent for 41 straight months and counting, he should focus more on learning how to encourage the creation of jobs and less on saving his own.

Despite doubts and disbelief by some Democrats, job creators — both big and small — tell me that excessive and overly burdensome regulations are an obstacle to hiring more workers and growing the economy. In a recent National Federation of Independent Business survey, small-business owners named “taxes” and “government regulation and red tape” among the most serious problems they face.

Even the president has talked about how excessive regulation hurts job creation, saying that, sometimes, rules “have gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business — burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs.” But talk is about all he has done to address the problem. Instead of reducing these roadblocks to recovery, Obama has increased them. He claims he has “approved fewer regulations” than his predecessor, but the numbers tell a different story.

In its first three years, the Obama administration created 120 new major regulations that cost Americans more than $46 billion every year. That’s more than four times the number and five times the cost of major regulations created by the Bush administration over its first three years. Imagine what this burden could look like after a second Obama term.

The Small Business Administration estimates that current regulations already cost $1.75 trillion every year and add $10,585 in overhead per employee. In a recent cover story titled “Over-regulated America,” the Economist magazine noted that, given the increase in regulations, “It’s a wonder the jobless rate isn’t even higher than it is.” As Tyson Foods Senior Vice President Ken Kimbro told me during a jobs conference I hosted in Little Rock, Ark., last fall, “[I]t seems like [regulators] turn a blind eye to the unintended consequences” of regulations and their effect on “the jobs that support everything that we do.”

The House is listening to job creators. Instead of joining us, Obama turned up the attacks, saying our attempts to weed out excessive and overly burdensome regulations mean we want “dirtier air” and “dirtier water.” That’s nonsense. As the father of two young children, I recognize the importance of protecting our environment and keeping our food safe and our air clean. Reasonable government regulation ensures the health and safety of our families and communities. But these protections too often prove counterproductive when political ideology crowds out common sense and replaces input from those who are actually required to live under the law.

Americans understand that Obama’s blitz of bureaucratic red tape is too much. In the February Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, nearly half of small-business owners who are not hiring cited government regulations as the reason. Another poll found that 74 percent of registered voters think there are too many pending regulations. And 63 percent think federal regulations are hurting, not helping, small businesses.

The House is listening, and we get it: Job creators need a break from the president’s aggressive regulatory agenda. This week, we will vote on the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act (H.R. 4078), which puts a moratorium on new regulations that would cost the economy $100 million or more until the unemployment rate falls to 6 percent or less. An analysis by the American Action Forum found this could save at least 2,700 jobs, 2.6 million paperwork hours and $22.1 billion in compliance costs.

As the lead sponsor of this legislation, I made sure it carefully targets the most harmful regulations while making exceptions for federal rules necessary for national security, trade agreements, enforcement of criminal and civil rights laws, and imminent threats to health or safety. It also includes a provision allowing the president to seek Congressional approval for other regulations that are absolutely critical.

The Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act rolls in other bills that would prevent outgoing presidents from issuing economically significant regulations at the last minute (H.R. 4607), increase transparency and judicial scrutiny of sue-and-settle litigation (H.R. 3862), require the Federal Communications Commission and the National Labor Relations Board to comply with the same regulatory review requirements as other agencies (H.R. 373), streamline the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects (H.R. 4377), and require both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to conduct more thorough cost-benefit analyses of proposed regulations (H.R. 2308 and H.R. 1840).

In his State of the Union address, the president admitted “there’s no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary or too costly.” If there’s no question about the problem, he should embrace the House’s solution.