July 16th, 2010
02:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Top House Republican wants ban on new federal regulations

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/16/art.boehner.0525u.gi.jpg caption ="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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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. David Scott

    Sure this idiot want that. He is thinking of all the CORPORATE MONEY he will miss out on . The lying, bigoted piece of elephant dung.

    July 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    It's obvious every day whose side Boehner is on. To his thinking, the people can go hang if a corporation has any interest to look after.

    July 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Bob in PA

    How about a ban on the Congress and Senate meeting except in the event of an emergency for a period of 1 year. They always seem to do more harm than good to the average American.

    July 16, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Is he just plain nuts?

    July 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. ramtruck2500

    This guy is just way to much. Yup cut the regs lets see killer cribs, one of my favorites the Avandia decision yesterday.. What needs to be banned are the damn lobbyists and then maybe just maybe both parties would do what their constituents sent them there to do! THE PEOPLES BUSINESS its not a hard one to figure out!

    July 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. rosaadriana

    What an idiot. Pass a law and then ban it right away. How stupid is that. The problem with the law is not that it is too restrictive it is that it does not go far enough.

    July 16, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. John

    Mr. Boehner, do what it takes to end "too big to fail". After that's accomplished, feel free to reduce regulation. Then when history repeats itself, and I guaranty greed will make it happen, down they go. No more taxpayer bailouts. And lets not forget, you supported the Bush bailouts.

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Duck Fallas

    Regarding Boner's tan, I think I've figured out where I've seen that color before; over-cooked coho salmon filets.

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Going into the November elections...good luck with that! The Democrats are trying to convince voters that they are really making things happen. It turns out that if you have a small business those things are usually ( like the Financial "Reform" ) bad for business, but they don't tell voters that.

    This "Financial Reform" garbage was a Hail Mary for Democrats in congress trying to convince voters they are really clamping down on those bad Wall Street guys. What they are really doing is making credit even more difficult for small businesses and keeping unemployment high. This was not good regulation. It will backfire.

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. AverageJoe

    This guy called reform like using a nuclear bomb to kill an ant. But he's ok with banning ALL new regulations after meeting with "business lobbyists". Now we know who greases his wheels. What an idiot. Hey Tea Party....you are so set on changing Washington, here is a good place to start. Help vote him out and get someone decent in. Oh, I forgot, he's republican. Never mind!

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Patriot

    Poor Private Sector...they had their reign of 8 uninterrupted years of abuse ended...tsk...tsk...tsk....

    John Boner wants us all to return to the glory days of the Republicans; Deficit Spending in order to make the rich richer...no regulation so that corporate America can take even more advantage of the rest of us....and little to no safety net for those not as advantaged as most of us...what a rosy scenario that is....

    July 16, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    How about a ban on John Boehner?

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Proud member of Global Zero

    How about a ban on the top Ranking Republican?

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Chris

    I wonder how much he got paid to come to that conclusion?

    July 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Johnson

    Of course the republicans would want less regulation or NO regulations. That has worked so well during the Bush years that we are rolling in money right now.

    July 16, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Dano

    Once again Boehner and the GOP show who they're working for, and it isn't the American people.

    July 16, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Eric

    Whether such a moratorium is formally voted for by Congress or not, the voters WILL implement such a moratorium in November.

    Then, in 2012 we send Barry Soetoro Dunham (first president to need AND USE an alias) back home to organize his community, and we'll get busy repealing all of the job-killing, prosperity-smothering socialist bu11sh!t he's saddled upon the next five generations of Americans.

    July 16, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. ART

    Boehner we tried it your way the American economy tanked, its time for a change, so shut up and go away

    July 16, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Philip

    Hah! Most people call this a request for vacation time. "I request a moratorium on doing any work!" Yeah, that goes over well.

    July 16, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Ella

    What a boner that Joe.

    July 16, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. AndyBlue

    "a Republican agenda written for lobbyists by lobbyists."

    The Republicans cant hide what is transparent. Unfortunately.

    Its just disgusting after what they have put America through for 8 years.

    I will never vote for these disgusting republicans again in my life.

    July 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. The Dude

    Regulations schmegulations, who needs 'em?

    (dolphins, whales, porpoises, shrimp, coral reefs, etc, etc, etc)

    July 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Thank God I am a Democrat

    I think we should put a moratorium on the entire republican party. Then maybe we will actually get things done and in a timely manner.

    July 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. scott

    "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.

    Don't you think 12 years of Republicans gave business enough breathing room while screwing the Public?? That's what put us where we are today!

    July 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. marlene

    The GObP is not only the Party of NO, the obstructionists, the party of no ideas. It is now becoming the "repeal"party. Repeal the health care bill, repeal the financial reform bill, now repeal the "new regulation" party. We can deduce from all of this that they are the "Party of the Status Quo". Or the "Return of the Bush Era". How was that for America??

    July 16, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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