Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) says Republicans want to pass the REINS Act and also to push through $1.3 trillion in federal spending cuts. Davis said the Obama Administration is telling Americans this is a ‘Recovery Summer.’ Yet the nation’s unemployment rate has been above 9 percent for 16 consecutive months and growth has “slowed to anemic levels.”
Davis and other Republicans want Congress to allow a vote on $1.3 trillion in immediate spending cuts to avoid the ”job killing tax hikes” Democrats are set to enact.
Davis also implied the heavy hand of the federal government has had another negative impact on the economy. “As we speak, the Obama Administration has lined up 191 rules and regulations that could each have an estimated annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more. That’s 191 layers of red tape waiting in the wings. Last year, the federal government issued 3,316 new rules and regulations – that amounts to more than a dozen per day. All of these rules go on the books without being approved by Congress.”
The new healthcare bill Main Street calls ObamaCare is a perfect example. Davis said, “This is a law that, upon its enactment, triggered the creation of roughly 160 boards, bureaus, bureaucracies, and commissions. It took less than four months for the feds to rack up 3,833 pages of regulations pertaining to ObamaCare.”
After talking with a constituent back home about a significant increase in sewer rates to pay for storm water upgrades mandated by the federal government, Davis realized Congress had had no input in the federal mandates. He said, ““So with my constituent’s help, I introduced the REINS Act, a common-sense initiative that would require Congress to take an up-or-down vote on every new major rule before it can be imposed on the American people. This legislation would serve as a much-needed restraining order against unelected busybodies and bureaucrats whose actions could make it harder to create jobs. “
The national debt is growing by more than $4 billion a day at present Davis said.
The Kentucky congressmen directed Americans to AmericaSpeakingOut, a forum where they can share new ideas for government reform.
Davis, summing up the GOP weekly address, said the GOP plans to unveil a new governing agenda as “first steps towards putting power back where it belongs: in the hands of the American people.”
[Source: Weekly Republican Address delivered by Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), Sept. 4, 2010]
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