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. TheTraveler

    "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. "

    Read Orwell.

    July 16, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Anna

    I wish that Boehner would take the ban off of his thinking processes. What an idiot.

    July 16, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Texas Doc

    More of the same: We don't like it...Just say NO...Get out of the way losers and let the grown ups fix the country that you obviously despise if you think your way is the best solution.

    July 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Paul, New York

    That is one of the dumbest idea's I have ever heard. Just saying a blanket ban on federal regulations over any business. Wall street crash and BP spill anyone??? The republican party is becoming more and more insane as the days go by. I am conservative but some reason has to come into play when you do things. Business can't just do as it likes, a business is run by people who are greedy corrupt and selfish just as a lot of people are. I love how the same people who don't believe I should have a right to smoke a joint yet BP shouldn't have to write a assessment of the environmental risks.

    July 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. get real

    We don't need federal regulations, especially deep water oil drilling. The big oil companies won't let anything bad happen. Really, they promised.

    Whatever Boner!

    July 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Ben in Texas

    Hey, tan man, why not just dump all regulations and let the corporations formally take over running of the U.S.? That's what you're ultimately aiming at, right?

    Got a better idea. Arrest some top corporate executives for tax evasion, collusion, bribery, and some of the other crimes they're undoubtedly guilty of. Break up some corporations and pass the ownership to the people working there.

    It's not regulation that's hurting the economy. It was lack of regulation that got us into this economic mess, and it's lack of regulations that's allowing the uber-rich to kill off the middle class.

    July 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. hobart

    More lunacy from the Party of No. Thanks to 8 years of playing by Republican rules and deregulation, we have economic collapse and a loss of 8 million jobs. Many of us not only lost our jobs, we lost our life savings, our homes and our health insurance. And thanks to your deregulation, the Gulf of Mexico is an environmental disaster that will not recover in our lifetimes.

    And your solution is more of the same?

    Do tell us Congressman Boehner, why do you hate America, and all of us who lost out, thanks to your deregulation?

    July 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Peter s

    Mr.John Boehner!! again whom did you meet with you? "after meeting Friday with business lobbyists who complained about uncertain economic conditions.". Well you just proved me right that the Republican Party is wholly owned by the special interest group!. Please tell us mr Boehner where were those lobbyists when the market collapsed?. I bet they were busy selling toxic assets and funding your campaign. Mr. Boehner I have news for you! most Americans are fed up with politicians like you! and your lobbyist friends.

    July 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Bill in Austin

    Congressman "No" is still at it. Yet, he has never accepted any responsibility for the what his party did to this country during the last 8 years. Also, where are the NEW ideas to help the country? All we ever hear is more "tax cuts" (for the wealthy) and smaller government (altho, this doesn't apply to Republican administrations). Just one time, I'd like to see him agree with just one, just one administration proposal. "Ain't gonna happen."

    July 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. cjr

    l we all know ohner and his little bunch of republicsans take their orders from rush and glenn and their tea party friends . The entire repulican party is full of racists and any one who denies that is a fool.

    July 16, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Dave

    Can't we just repeal stupidity like Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell. Sounds like that may be better for America.

    July 16, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Brian L

    Why not just eliminate all regulation..... then when something goes bad we can blame it on Obama!

    Then we can eliminate all taxes, especially since cutting taxes does not create a deficit right Republicans?

    July 16, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Papasan in AZ

    I wonder how much cash was donated to Boehner from Wall Street to come out with this dribble...

    July 16, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Big Gay Al

    Silly goose !

    July 16, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. thor

    But then how do you create the new socialist utopia that our dear president Obama wants !!!Obama has done more to destroy what or fouding fathers built than any other person has done in history.

    July 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Marcus

    '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." '

    So predictable that it was exactly what happened!!!

    July 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    He's old enough his wants won't hurt him.

    Taking up for corporate money-givers again. So typically republican.

    Go lay in a tanning bed orange man.

    July 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. T

    WORDS......... no points Boehner.............

    July 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    Senator Shelby of AL wants the ban, too. Could someone please tell me why these men are serving as our representatives?

    No to corporate regulation (remember Joe Barton apologizing to BP for God's sake?), No Wall Street reform even though the banksters brought the world economy to its needs because of greed, No health care reform (I guess they have theirs so screw us), No extension of unemployment benefits because we're living high off the hog, apparently, on those benefits. These guys make around $170K a year, plus health care, plus pension, plus travel, and God knows what else, paid for by us!

    Why are these monsters "our" representatives. Are we really this stupid? Or is it ignorant?

    July 16, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Protect my Profits!

    How can you comment on this?

    A group of 20 or so business men complaining that the new regulations might shift some of their massive profits to the benefit of the empolyees that earned it.

    The Republicans have realized that they can't stop President Obama and the desires of the majority (yes I said the MAJAORITY) of the American people so now they want to simply turn it off. It's too late, people are begining to see the benefits of having a president that works for the people.

    July 16, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Sandra, ATL

    Could we ban John Boehner?

    July 16, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    Oops, that's to it's "knees" not "needs." Sorry.

    July 16, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. less boneheads in government

    Boehner is such an idiot. Business already owns our government, we're already bending over holding our ankles, now Bonehead wants us to smile and say thank you.

    July 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. Moss

    The Dod-Frank financial refrom bill written by none other than the scumbags that got us into this whole problem with people getting into mortgages they could not afford. This new Financial reform bills is supposed to be 30 times more complicated than Sorbanes Oxley which firms like the one I work for has made millions off of for years but has been a beating for small/medium businesses. This is only going to create more uncertaintly and business do not spend $$ because of higher cost of credit and regulation. Another genius move.

    July 16, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. bcrunner

    Let me get this right. All these businesses/lobbyists were clamoring to get bailed out a year of so ago, and now that we did bail them out, they want us to leave them alone... Thanks for the money... now just go away. No regulations, no new rules to make sure this does not happen again... nothing! We were not spending too much to bail out Wall Street, but if we try to help out mainstreet, we are creating deficits and we better cut it out...

    July 16, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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