Directing Committees to Review Regulations from Federal Agencies

Floor Speech

Date: Feb. 11, 2011
Location: Washington, DC


Ms. JENKINS. Mr. Speaker, the American economy and the American people are still struggling to get back on their feet. Unemployment has remained between 9 and 10 percent for over two years and there is no immediate relief in sight.

Each week I return to Kansas and meet with local businesses, and each week, whether I am meeting with infrastructure providers like WATCO in Pittsburg, manufacturers like MGP Ingredients in Atchison or Alexander Manufacturing in Parsons farmers and ranchers in Brown County or CPA's in Baxter Springs, I hear the same sad story time and again.

Overbearing regulation from the Federal Government, whether it be from the EPA, the USDA, HUD, the Department of Transportation, the SEC, or the IRS Regulators, at every turn are making job creation, investment, expansion, or growth too complex and too costly.

For too long Washington has sent mixed messages to the nations job creators and small businesses. It appears we have one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake. The rhetoric has urged our employers to step on the gas and invest and begin hiring again but this administration has slammed their foot on the breaks issuing hundreds of burdensome regulations that make job creation private investment and innovation nearly impossible.

It's time for the rhetoric in this town to be met with corresponding action. I urge all my colleagues to support this resolution to reduce burdensome regulation and create a measure of certainty for our nation's job creators.