(CNN) – For the second week in a row, Republicans called for the downsizing of federal regulations in the private sector.
“We Republicans say, enough is enough,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “America needs a ‘time out’ from the regulations that discourage job creation and hurt our economy.”
Her speech follows weeks of intense debate in Washington over ways to jump-start the economy, including President Barack Obama’s proposed $447 billion jobs plan.
But Republicans insist that government “over-regulation” is perhaps the biggest factor standing in the way of job growth.
Collins claimed that federal agencies are drawing up more than 4,200 new rules, 845 of which affect small businesses.
She cited a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule on boiler emissions, arguing that even the EPA admits the rule would “cost the private sector billions of dollars” and thousands of jobs.
“Business owners are reluctant to create jobs today if they're going to need to pay more tomorrow to comply with onerous new regulations,” Collins