House GOP to focus on overregulation this fall

It appears that letter Speaker John Boehner sent to the White House last week foreshadowed part of the House GOP’s legislative agenda for this fall. From a National Journal report on a memo House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent Monday to Republican members about tackling “10 job-destroying regulations”:

Cantor wrote that Republicans will kick off their efforts the week of September 12 by seeking to overrule a National Labor Relations Board ruling that restricts Boeing’s efforts to move an assembly line from unionized Washington state to South Carolina, a right-to-work state. Business leaders accuse the Obama administration of seeking to to help labor allies. Cantor noted that freshman Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has introduced legislation to prevent NLRB from “restricting where an employer can create jobs in the United States.”

Other regulatory proposals or rules to be targeted in following weeks and months touch on Environmental Protection Agency standards for cross-state air pollution from power plants, boilers, coal ash in mining-heavy states, cement production, and farm dust; new ozone standards; greenhouse-gas performance standards; and some rules under the new health care law.

House Republicans have been attacking these kinds of regulations as executive-branch overreaches, and the idea that bureaucrats are clamping down on businesses during persistently high unemployment is likely to resonate with a lot of voters. It also plants a stake in the ground for Boehner and Cantor ahead of President Obama’s new jobs plan.

They aren’t running against him next year, but I would expect this to be a welcome fight among the Republicans who are running.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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ragnar danneskjold

August 30th, 2011
6:12 am

Good news, suggests that the Republican leadership is not as clueless as I feared. Wonder how the spendocrats will react.

DeborahinAthens

August 30th, 2011
6:21 am

Finally! All that money that the Koch brothers, the utilities, the mining companies, the pharmaceutical companies paid to get this field of Republicans elected is going to pay off. You think your kids have bad asthma now, wait until Southern Company doesn’t have to replace those pesky old scrubbers. They have been stalling and stalling, waiting and paying for representative after representative. I can’t wait until we have the first massive mining accident after the regulations are lifted. All the dummies that voted for these idiots will have no one to point to but themselves.

Joel Edge

August 30th, 2011
6:27 am

“President Obama’s new jobs plan.”
He’s got a plan? Who knew?

DeborahinAthens

August 30th, 2011
6:37 am

And before someone makes the “Clinton repealed Glass-Stegall” claim, let’s be very, very clear. Phil Gramm (spelling?) pushed the repeal though Congress late at night, and Clinton was told they would override his veto. That was one reason the bank meltdown occurred–banks couldn’t have made the “bets” they did if Glass-Stegall had been in place. Some of the secret deals made with Bush/Cheney in their Energy Conference (Ken Lay was one of the attendees) led to the deregulation of the energy business, enabling Enron, Mirant (subsidiary of Southern Company), etc. to trade energy, basically. Granted, Enron cooked their books, but the unregulated, unfettered greed led to that debacle. Corporations are not your friends, and to see them palling up with the Repugs to hold America hostage til they get what they want (lower our taxes and we’ll make jobs, remove the regulations and we’ll hire!) makes me want to puke. When the air quality in our cities is as bad as it is in China, our companies will be happy.

marko

August 30th, 2011
6:50 am

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Will Rogers

Kyle, how many times are you going to pee on that fence?

jconservative

August 30th, 2011
6:58 am

One of the fundamental duties of Congress is oversight of Executive Branch activity. That includes oversight of regulations. The House can investigate and pass bills to correct what they see as incorrect regulations. Then those corrections must pass the Senate with 60 votes and be signed by the president.

Of course this House is not opposed to passing a bill just to say they passed a bill, knowing it will never get through the Senate. It is another way to use taxpayer money to fund elections.

And oversight of the House and Senate is the duty of a free press.

Ronnie Raygun

August 30th, 2011
7:00 am

Why is it that Cons always claim that businesses can self regulate but people need their lives micromanaged by right-wing regulations? Oh yeah, that is the definition of fascism.

Sean Smith

August 30th, 2011
7:40 am

With 17 banks failures in Georgia out of 65 nationally I think Georgia needs some banking regulation. Of course thats not going to happen when you put the fox (Bankers) in charge of the hen house (Legislature).

Oh well its just going to cost the rest of us more money to cleanup the mess that greed and Georgia’s poorly regulated banking system has created.

Maybe the FDIC needs to stop insuring Georgia banks the same way car insurance companies cancel you when you get a few speeding tickets. Georgia banks have proven they cant be trusted.

Really?

August 30th, 2011
7:41 am

Wow Kyle! What a fine piece of journalism. It must have taken 20 minutes or less to write (more than have is a cut and paste). Watching Fox news the rest of the day must be a tough assignment. They pay you what for all this labor? Really? This is it? Really? Count yourself lucky to be employed. Don’t count yourself a journalist. You are, at best, a blog generator. Put that under your name on your calling card (if you have one). Really? That’s the best you can do again. Don’t strain yourself.

DebbieDoRight

August 30th, 2011
7:49 am

Great News Everyone!! Read the Cons lips:”No New Regulations!!” This is just terrific, now we can have more man-made disasters,(mines collapsing because of no regulation), more pollution, more strip mining, more drugs that don’t have to be over tested to see if they actually work, more wall street meltdowns (so that they can blame Fanny & Freddie not the Merrill Lynch’s of the world); and best of all we can now eat more tainted peanut butter from that cess pool plant in Georgia!!

What a GREAT idea cons! You put the “un” in Unbelievable!!

JDW

August 30th, 2011
7:51 am

I have no problem with regulatory review or streamlining. There is no doubt that we have many regulations that need work.

However my problem with the usual post Gingrich Repugnican attempts to do so is that they are typically driven by the philosophy that business is completely capable of regulating themselves. In fact the last Repugnican Administration put this very philosophy into place in the financial industry and we all saw how well that worked out.

As for the current effort, nothing but more grandstanding. They have no chance of gutting the regulatory framework and getting the Senate to go along. Once again, instead of spending time working to create solutions that will work and can be enacted, the Repugnicans choose to waste their time and our money by acting like spoiled children.

I'm Rick James Witch!

August 30th, 2011
7:51 am

Kyle — great article………..when you receive your 30 pieces of silver, it’s good to know that you’ve earned it by carrying the repug torch of stupidity all the way to the finish line.

Ayn Rant

August 30th, 2011
8:02 am

Just another useless round of political posturing by a bunch who caused the recession and have no ideas for cleaning up their mess!

The House GOP will focus on killing consumer protection, job safety, and environment protection; something Republican politicians have been trying since the end of WW1. They will pass a lot of irresponsible legislation that will, quite properly, die in the Senate.

The Obama administration, like previous administrations, simplifies and clarifies federal regulations on an on-going basis. The “over-regulation” that actually impedes enterprise is the tax requirements imposed on interstate commerce by excessive levels of government (federal, 50 states, and thousands of counties and cities). The sensible solution, used by other developed nations, is to have one taxing agency collecting the taxes and distributing the proceeds.

Congress needs to get serious about improving the business climate to promote investment in domestic consumer goods and exports. The judicial and patents mess alone is enough to discourage business investment in the US. Business disputes cannot be settled promptly and decisively. Frivolous complaints can cost an innocent defendant millions of dollars in lawyer fees. Judicial proceedings are distended and indecisive due to voluminous, complex, unclear, and unnecessary laws. Many bench vacancies are unfilled, awaiting congressional approval.

Congress needs to clean up the patents mess. Multitudinous, ill-considered, overly-broad, and distended patents confuse and discourage business expansion and start-ups. The Patents Office has a 4 year backlog of applications, which adds to the ineffectiveness, confusion, and litigation costs in protecting the rights to inventions and innovations.

Congress needs to ban specifically the monopolistic business practices of Big Business in order to open niches for small business and business expansion, especially for start-ups, which are the engines of innovation. Many market segments are dominated by a few Big Business rivals that stifle free enterprise. Monopolistic practices can be listed specifically; examples are bundling, selective pricing, pyramiding, false product differentiation, and false, misleading, and incomplete advertising.

There is much useful legislation needed to improve investment opportunities in America and create American jobs. The House GOP intends to hawk solutions to non-existent issues and side-step real issues.

carlosgvv

August 30th, 2011
8:09 am

Boehner’s letter is just the latest in an unrelenting attack on Business regulations. These attacks, which have been ordered by their corporate masters, will not stop untill we return to the days of laissez faire and business is free to cheat, gouge and abuse both their employees and the general public.

The Gramm Reaper

August 30th, 2011
8:46 am

I see Lehman Brothers is trying to work toward a resolution for settling up on its debt to all its creditors. It looks like most bond holders will get twenty cents on the dollar while many derivatives holders could get as much as twenty-eight cents on the dollar. If only we hadn’t had so many regulations in place, we wouldn’t have had this problem. Right Kyle. Darn that CRA. :lol:

The Gramm Reaper

August 30th, 2011
9:02 am

How many jobs we talking about here, Kyle. Can you quantify Cantor’s rhetoric for us. For example, if power plants do not have to worry about polluting neighboring states, does that create ten jobs, a hundred… and what sort of jobs are created… healthcare jobs to treat people for heavy metal exposure and inhalation of oxides of nitrogen and sulfer, etc. Help us understand how the Republican plans will make us all better off than we are today.

getalife

August 30th, 2011
9:06 am

Yay, the gop want another collapse.

Consumer protection are dirty words to the gop.

No jobs bills and they should be purged from office.

Worst house ever.

Lets give our great President a congress that are not horrible losers and will work with him like adults.
Epic failures as usual.

getalife

August 30th, 2011
9:12 am

Read my lips.

No new gop collapses.

Joe the Plutocrat

August 30th, 2011
9:24 am

jconservative, re: House and Senate oversight and free press; as the saying goes; how’s that working out for us? if we look at the “free presses” penchant for ordaining/dismissing candidates via the proverbial “top tier” coronations (see: Bachman, Perry, Romney, vis a cis Ron Paul, Gary Johnston, John Huntsman) at the POTUS level, why should Americans expect anything less at the House/Senate level. In addition, there is always the “vote the incumbents out” responsibility on the part of John Q. Public, but we both know that House/Senate is controlled by special interests, and a lobbyists “vote” trumps your vote or mine. or the vote of DebroahinAthens; which brings me to the repeal of Stegal-Glass. I agree, it is likely that a Clinton veto would have been overridden, but Clinton signed the bill into law. At the end of the day, it’s about principle, not politically expedient horse trading. or, in 2011, like Obama extending the Patriot Act or the Bush tax cuts. sometimes an executive has to make tough choices. the POTUS (and the Senate/House) invariably make “easy” choices (as directed by $$)

Joe the Plutocrat

August 30th, 2011
9:33 am

here’s a novel idea; if the “prosperity” we “enjoyed” during the 2000-2008 housing bubble, was caused by irresponsible deregulation (repeal of Glass-Steagal, passage of Commodities Futures Whatchamacallit Act) and the the subsequent TARP bailouts, $14.8 trillion national debt, and 10% unemployment are the result of the bubble bursting, perpetual (unrelgulated) was and the Bush tax cuts; what makes these dispsh*ts think the MORE deregulation, more tax cuts, and more DoD spending will “fix” the problem? the GOP’s petulance borders on treason.

Edward

August 30th, 2011
9:34 am

Great! Want to see what the GOP’s ideal “business environment” is without all those pesky regulations: look at China. No EPA, no FDA, no SEC, no FTC, no OSHA. It is a corporate paradise. Not so much for the citizens, though, but man, look at that economy grow! Who cares if children die of cancer before they finish preschool?

Aquagirl

August 30th, 2011
9:35 am

Awesome! Once we finish dismantling the EPA we can celebrate by setting fire to our rivers!

stevie ray

August 30th, 2011
9:47 am

Perhaps a moratorium on some of the new business regulations for a couple of years and see what is the outcome. The Boeing thing defies logic on many, many levels. Unions are on the ropes in terms of value added to GDP versus expense. Should consumers pay inflated prices to guarantee union entitlements? It’s interesting to note that Immelt who is on Obama’s job swat team, has moved 50% of GE employees (about 150,000) overseas in the past 10 years. Let’s ask him why? We do know GE is largest manufacturer of wind turbines and other “green” technology so examination of motives here may bear fruit.

Really?

August 30th, 2011
9:47 am

Ayn Rant
August 30th, 2011
8:02 am
Congress needs to clean up the patents mess. Multitudinous, ill-considered, overly-broad, and distended patents confuse and discourage business expansion and start-ups. The Patents Office has a 4 year backlog of applications, which adds to the ineffectiveness, confusion, and litigation costs in protecting the rights to inventions and innovations.

But Ayn, the Cons solution is less government and fewer regulations. Let’s cut the patent office budget so it takes 8 years instead of 4. No, better yet, let’s do away with patents altogether so that big business can use any technology without protecting the rights of the inventors. That will get our economy going!

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
9:53 am

Approval rating of 38% and falling fast! He may not make it to 2012! Fantastic!

stevie ray

August 30th, 2011
9:54 am

Edward, “children dying of cancer before finishing preschool”? Aquagirl “setting rivers on fire”? A bit dramatic and National Enquiresque wouldn’t you agree? It’s not like a law or regulation that is going to go unenforced like say….immigration or EPA waivers of oil well safety tags (see Horizon) to the extent taxpayers are estopped from enforcing. An audit of EPA et al may be in line at this point but anyone who thinks they can completely do away with any of these federal entities, regardless of consensus value, is nuts….

getalife

August 30th, 2011
10:06 am

In the ultimate act of hypocrisy , the gop want a raise on their salaries.

We should end this party like the whig party.

Mindless con zombies will vote for this party no matter what they do.

Never mind their approval rating are in the teens.

cons ignore this poll.

The Gramm Reaper

August 30th, 2011
10:06 am

Approval rating of 12 percent and falling fast. Who may not make it to 2012. Oh. That is Congress’s approval rating. It’s less than one-third of Obama’s approval rating.

Dirty Dawg

August 30th, 2011
10:07 am

Tell us Kyle are there any GOP/right-wing ‘talking points’ that you haven’t promoted here? What is it, go they pay you, and by ‘them’ I mean some greed-driven billionaire’s ‘foundation’, for each point you pass along? If you hadn’t noticed (and even if you have but don’t care) the GOP has devolved into the party of greed, prejudice and hate – shoot they might as well change the label to GHP, and you might as well change yours to Kyle Wingnut.

JF McNamara

August 30th, 2011
10:08 am

I’ll give it to the Republicans that they do a great job in the media. This is going to be a waste of time and a distraction though. They still haven’t cut spending, and wasting time on “over regulation” while they could be trying to fix social security isn’t what I want.

There’s generally a good reason for all of our current regulations, and those they want to do away with will obviously require a fight meaning they are probably valid. If they are not useful regulations, the Dems would just give in. I don’t think they want to fight for the sake of fighting.

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
10:14 am

Doesnt look good for Barack…..
http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

getalife

August 30th, 2011
10:16 am

Actually, our President ordered a regulation report and he will end needless regulations,

The gop want to end the consumer protection regulations because they hate the American consumer for their wealthy donors.

They will vote yes to bail out the banks and corporate welfare only.

They laugh at mindless zombie cons for voting for them.

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
10:19 am

Getalife……First of all you should attempt to type in English. Second you should look at Barack’s approval ratings. There is no way he will win in 2012.

getalife

August 30th, 2011
10:20 am

ug,

The only poll that matters is this election.

The President will win easily and the gop house will be purged.

Deal with it sore loser.

Jefferson

August 30th, 2011
10:22 am

They, the GOP is wasting their time.

JDW

August 30th, 2011
10:26 am

@UGA1999…Yawn, call me in Nov. 2012 or better yet set an alert for when he eclipses Duhbya…he debuted that poll with a 25% approval rating and a staggering 70% disapproval.

getalife

August 30th, 2011
10:28 am

What is the gop congress approval rating?

There is your sign.

Worst house ever.

They are the best of the over reach.

Done.

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
10:35 am

There is also a VERY good chance that the GOP will take control of the Senate…..Thank GOD!

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
10:36 am

President Bush also had an approval rating of 90%……..very nice.

Fletch

August 30th, 2011
10:38 am

getalife, i don’t think you realize how hard it is going to be for Obama to win reelection. i really don’t think you get it. people are jumping ship on him in droves, his own people. we are in much worse shape than we were in 2008 and he is totally underclassed in how to deal with it. go back to the Bookman cheerleading camp. i really don’t think you are very bright.

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
10:38 am

Barack….worst president of all time! Experiment FAILED!

Aquagirl

August 30th, 2011
10:40 am

Aquagirl “setting rivers on fire”? A bit dramatic and National Enquiresque wouldn’t you agree?

Well, I never actually saw the Cuyahoga River when it was on fire, but I’m sure it was pretty dramatic. And it wasn’t just the National Enquirer covering the fires and alleging Bat Boy was the cause.

http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1642

In some ways, the EPA, like vaccines, is a victim of its own success. People like you are clueless that others cleaned up the place before you arrived, and you set about trashing the h3ll out of everything. Fortunately there are people who aren’t proudly ignorant and trashy, you can count on them to be the adults.

Fletch

August 30th, 2011
10:44 am

getalife, there is no GOP approval rating…there is a congressional approval rating – not chamber specific either. i think it is you that is ignoring signs bubs. the dems have made all of this exponentially worse by adding 35% more debt and $114T in unfunded liabilities. i have no idea how any of you can actually think the dem way is sustainable or viable in any capacity. sorry the republicans are asking serious questions, challenging organized labor, recognizing limitations – what have the dems done to keep this from getting worse? obamacare? that elephant that will crush our economy starting in 2014? good luck.

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
10:46 am

Fletch…..AMEN!

JDW

August 30th, 2011
11:00 am

@Fletch…”there is no GOP approval rating”

Au contraire…lately Dems run 5 to 10 point higher than Repugs

http://www.pollingreport.com/cong_dem.htm or cong_rep.htm

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
11:02 am

JDW….must we remind you of what happened in the congress during the last election? I think not.

MarkV

August 30th, 2011
11:06 am

Fletch @10:44 am: “getalife, there is no GOP approval rating”

CNN Poll, August 5-7, 2011

The Republican party
Favorable: 33% Unfavorable: 59%

The Democratic Party
Favorable: 47% Unfavorable 47%

The Tea Party movement
Favorable: 31% Unfavorable 51%

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/08/09/poll.aug9.pdf

JDW

August 30th, 2011
11:08 am

@UGA1999…No I don’t need reminding. A bunch of small minded selfish people in a few districts convinced the voters that the “Tea Party” was a good idea. I a pretty sure that after the last several months that is a mistake that will not be repeated.

THE "REAL" TRUTH

August 30th, 2011
11:08 am

OVERREGULATION??!! Let’s see, Dubya DE-Regulated the Banking industry…FAIL!! The Insurance industry….FAIL!! Soften the regulations on several other key industries and they hauled a**, because they could.

Now they want to attack the NLRB. That way they can move it to a right to work state. Republican thinking, Republican policies….BAD FOR AMERICA.

UGA 1999

August 30th, 2011
11:12 am

JDW….”Small minded selfish people”? No we are not talking about Barack supporters here…..