On Thursday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) hosted a “Regulatory Roundtable” with Eastern Washington business leaders on the impact government regulations is having on the local economy.
The six business leaders came from Spokane, Colville, Walla Walla, and other local communities and represented a diverse group of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, and health care.
Mr. Alan Gorst, Owner, Gorst Construction, Mr. Wes McCart, President, Stevens County Farm Bureau, Farmer, Mr. Duane Lucas Roberts, Director, Walla Walla Clinic, Mr. John Smith, Colville Chamber/EDC, Mr. Eric Bakken, 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort and Mr. Steve West, CEO, Columbia Cedar Timber Mill attended the roundtable.
In her opening remarks, Rep. McMorris Rodgers quoted President Ronald Reagan: “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
“That’s true,” she said.
“And that’s why – more than any other reason – we’re suffering through the longest streak of high unemployment since the Great Depression and the largest national debt in our history. To revitalize our economy and preserve the American Dream, we need to stop putting burdens on America’s job creators,” she added.
“We need less taxation, less regulation, and less litigation. Basically, we need to get the government out of the way and let America’s job creators do their jobs.”
According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), regulations cost small businesses more than $1.75 trillion per year – more than 12 percent of America’s entire economy. In addition, the Obama Administration is publicly considering 219 major new regulations – each of which, if implemented, would cost our economy $100 million or more.
“Whether it’s farm dust regulations, forest-runoff regulations, or the new health care mandate, the fact is, every dollar that an employer has to spend on complying with government regulations is a dollar he could be spending to create jobs,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers.
The Congresswoman is an original cosponsor of nearly a dozen bills which offer regulatory relief, including HR. 10, the REINS Act; H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act; HR. 2021, the Jobs Energy Permitting Act; H.R. 2541, the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act; and H.R. 1391, the Farm Dust Regulatory Prevention Act.
According to a chart released last week by the Congresswoman’s GOP Labs, five regulations proposed by the administration could cost over 3.3 million jobs.
Meanwhile, the President is touting a jobs bill the Associated Press said is not paid for, not bipartisan, will add to the deficit and will not solve the problem of unemployment.
That plan, and the accompanying $1.5 trillion tax hike, however, is fully supported by the Chairman of the Communist Party USA.
Calling for regulatory relief is nothing new for McMorris Rodgers, who made it a central theme at a recent town hall in Spokane.
“For the sake of our economy today – and for the sake of the American Dream tomorrow – we need to stop the Big Government policies that are stifling job creation and get our fiscal house in order,” she said.
“The best thing government can do,” she added, “is get out of the way.”
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