July 16th, 2010
02:19 PM ET
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Top House Republican wants ban on new federal regulations

House Minority Leader John Boehner said Friday he supports a ban on all new federal regulations.
House Minority Leader John Boehner said Friday he supports a ban on all new federal regulations.

Washington (CNN) - House GOP Leader John Boehner said he supports a ban on all new federal regulations, after meeting Friday with business lobbyists who complained about uncertain economic conditions.

"I think having a moratorium on new federal regulations is a great idea. It sends a wonderful signal to the private sector they may have some breathing room," Boehner said.

He said any ban would include an exemption for "emergency regulations" for some agencies and suggested it could last a year.

A House Republican leadership aide noted that Boehner and House GOP Whip Eric Cantor, in a proposal to President Barack Obama last year, suggested a similar halt to any new regulations that could cause new costs to small businesses.

Boehner and Illinois Republicans Peter Roskam and Aaron Schock convened a group of nearly 20 Washington-based business leaders who represent various sectors - such as home builders, retailers and manufacturers - as part of their "America Speaking Out" initiative to gather ideas for the GOP legislative agenda.

Roskam said those in the meeting reported that a significant obstacle to the economic recovery is "the down-talking of the private sector, the rhetoric."

"The anti-business rhetoric that they see coming out of Washington is more than just symbolic." Roskam added. "It's creating a great deal of uncertainty."

The people in the meeting, many of whom have contributed to GOP candidates, repeatedly criticized the Obama administration's and congressional Democratic leaders' approach to the economy, criticizing excessive federal spending and burdensome government regulations.

Bruce Josten from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said businesses have "reached a tipping point" and noted his group believes the thousands of new regulations included in health care reform, the Wall Street overhaul and a pending climate change bill could take about 12 years to go into effect.

Jay Timmons from the National Association of Manufacturers maintained the United States is "becoming one of the most risky places in the world in which to do business." But Timmons did make a pitch for both parties to come together, saying, "It takes a bipartisan effort to get this economy moving again."

Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, seized on the GOP meeting Friday to argue it would result in "a Republican agenda written for lobbyists by lobbyists."

Repeating the theme that Democrats have stepped up this week about a return to Bush policies under a GOP-controlled Congress, Rudominer added, "Only if you think the financial crisis is an 'ant,' would you think it a good thing for the country, as House Republicans do, to put forward the George Bush agenda on steroids, where Wall Street reform would be repealed, jobs would be outsourced overseas, and the Bush tax cuts would be extended for the super rich without being paid for."

The meeting with business groups was originally scheduled to take place in Boehner's office in the Capitol, but after the Democratic National Committee launched attacks about a closed-door meeting with lobbyists, organizers moved it to a conference room in the Capitol Visitors Center.

Republicans did not allow media coverage of the meeting itself, but instead arranged for their own camera to stream the meeting live on the America Speaking Out website. The Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit watchdog group, also streamed the meeting live on its website.

Boehner's call to stop new government regulations comes a day after he called for the repeal of the financial reform bill just hours before it was approved by the Senate. The president is expected to sign the bill next week.


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  1. rs

    The GOP had 8 years of regulation reduction under Bush. THAT worked well. Are all these people crazy?

    July 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Peggyt

    What a jerk Boehmer is a total JERK!!'

    July 16, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. having a moratorium on new federal regulations

    Oh Great Orange One

    I think you need to try larger underwear, you look as though you are self giving a wedgy

    painful looking, try larger underwear, it won't ride up your crack

    July 16, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. JT

    THE REPUBLICAN'TS ARE KILLING JOBS TO SAVE THEIR OWN! – if the Cons weren't jockeying for media attention – they could spend their time in their districts promoting / creating jobs – since when is it only the President's charge to create jobs? – The best thing the Cant's could do is shut up and put up – what have they done to create jobs in their districts? – not much if anything – they voted against the stimulus funds, then want to show up at the ceremonies for new jobs that stimulus created and try to take credit – the American people aren't as stupid as the Republicant's hope – the American people are not your closed minded base – they live beyond the GOP bubble & can see the Party of NO has NO ideas NO hope (NO integrity) & consistently sides with Big Business, Big Government,Wall street, the Oil Companies & deploys lobbyists like the US Chamber of Commerce (a consortium of Big Business) to push for deregulation and pave the road for Big Business and their catastrophes (like the BP OIl spill and the Republican Financial Collapse) – We've all seen what their policies lead to – the bankrupting of the US – and now all they can scream about is going back?!?!? LAME!

    July 16, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Peggyt

    If the Republican's like Boehner ever did any thing that was not self serving & that actually was Good for ALL VOTERS I'd fall over in a faint!!!

    July 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. Squigman

    I wish someone would ban the use of spray tan, from a can. This moron is turning orange.

    July 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Diane

    Boehner is a fool. This country needs financial reform and, if the insurance industry is anything to go by, federal regulations continue to be needed to protect middle class Americans. Shut up Boehner until you can say something of value.

    July 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Patsy, Texas

    I want a ban on Boehner, and Cantor, and McConnell.

    July 16, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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