House passes 'red tape' bill

The House passed legislation July 26 that would bar agencies from making any significant changes to regulations before the economy improves.

The Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (H.R. 4078)— dubbed a "red-tape" prohibition—passed by a vote of 245 to 172.

The legislation would stop all new significant federal regulations until the national unemployment rate falls to 6 percent or below. The unemployment rate has been higher than 8 percent for 41 consecutive months. The one bill is a combination of seven bills that would either halt regulations or otherwise revamp the regulatory process.

House members approved an amendment that would expand the term “significant regulatory action” from the current threshold of a $100 million or greater cost to the economy to $50 million. 

As the legislation goes to the Senate, the Obama administration has already said it opposes the bill. Officials have even threatened a veto if it came to the White House in the version the House passed. In the administration's view, the bill would add layers of procedural burdens that interfere with the ability of agencies to carry out their statutory mandates.

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Reader comments

Mon, Jul 30, 2012 The Federal Farmer

@Bruce: "social justice"? Really? You commies never learn. The jig is up pal, get some new phrases.

Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Ben Franklin stated, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Fri, Jul 27, 2012 Bruce

This bill is sold on the false pretense that federal regulation hurts jobs, but what it really does is allow those who profit from large business to profit even more at the expense of our health, safety, individual freedoms and pocketbooks. I personally do not want work at the expense of my health, social justice and my kid's future, and, in any case, regulation actually creates jobs that make sure our laws are enforced and our country is free (for the individual, not for corporate officers) and healthy.

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