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. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Hey John are you also up for re-election this fall?

    Guess what "You Are Fired!"

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    They let the American people lose their jobs, their life's savings and their retirement. And then made the American people pay to bailout the ones who responsible for the crime.
    All while supporting the special interests, lobbyists, Big business and the wealthy.

    You know what congress welcome to the ranks of the unemployed!

    July 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. gate

    We had that ban from 2001-2009 and look where it got us. The worst recession since the great depression because Wall Street can't be trusted to self-regulate.

    July 16, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Senator

    I agree!!!! and then when they turn the country up side down NO BAILOUTS

    July 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    And here you have it folks! The Republicans have announced their platform, and it's a shocking surprise.

    Here it is, in its full glory: No.

    July 16, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Jay

    Shut up you corporate puppett. Maybe if there had tougher regulation we wouldn't be in the economic mess we're.

    Shut up idiot.

    July 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Steph

    John, your skin color matches the orange lettering on the sign behind you. From one white person to another...dude, that's just not natural! Either walk away from the tanning bed or ease up on the vitamin A.

    July 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Mary (SC)

    Booner is aclown – he was the disaster to first happen like the one in the Gulf region, Banking system, etc before having a regulation.

    How about do what the good people of America sent you there to do first before listening to lobbies!

    July 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. dismantlerepair

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    How can this Rudominer dude say ANYTHING about Bush policies 'sending jobs overseas'? At least under Bush people had jobs to lose... now everyone is jobless!

    July 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Mary (SC)

    Booner is a clown – he wants the disaster to first happen like the one in the Gulf region, Banking system, etc before having a regulation.

    How about do what the good people of America sent you there to do first before listening to lobbies!

    July 16, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. JFS

    When you do nothing the best DEFENSE is and OFFENSE. This guy is absolutely the EPIDOME of good ole boy politics. Please people of OHIO when you cast your vote PLease Please think about the rest of your fellow Americans. It is our country ...not this idiots ,and the rest of us all count on your vote ...your vote is instrumental to the future of this Country. He has helped to make this mess, has done NOTHING to fis it(except be negative about anyone who is trying to fix it), and expects his dist. voters to send him back to Washington...to help big business(not many CEOs that are DEM's folks), Bankers(not very many Bank Presidents that are Dem's) and help recreat the mess we are in now. Is that TRUELY what you folks want ???

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. J

    People, please vote Boehner out of office!

    July 16, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. ruty

    Another fool who has been in the tanning booth too long. Hey bone-head your brain is fried.

    July 16, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    I cannot believe how stupid House GOP Leader John Boehner is. Doesn't this mental midget get it, that deregulation is destroying this nation. This man is threat to national and economic security of the the United States of America.

    July 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. tcaros

    The top Repulican is a Bone-r! How appropriate. And I thought Bush was the real Dick Army.

    July 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. hillcrester

    Right–Boehner wants to give the "Wild West" days of Bush-lite back to his corporate masters. "Let a Thousand Oil Well Disasters Grow." The new financial industry mantra is "Too Big to be Regulated." What a disaster if the GOP ever gets back in charge!!

    July 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Marcus

    Mr Boehner,
    Don't like the law, challenge is constitutionality...
    ...Hmm you can't do that since the law is right under the powers of the Congress and Federal Government's attributes.
    Then try to scare to the voters into voting on your candidates and gets a majority in the Congress...
    But the POTUS will most likely veto it...
    So...
    Live with it.

    July 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    "business lobbyists who complained about uncertain economic conditions."

    Did anyone else feel the earth wobble on it's axis?

    The Orange Oracle complaining about about regulating big business?

    More proof the Mayans were right, and we are entering the "end of days".

    Any of you "christians" have that whole rapture thingy scheduled yet?

    July 16, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. David

    Has the GOP not learned from their mistakes, put the people first not profits for large corporations. The GOP policies of no regulation and letting the greed of large companies run rampant caused the biggest recession since the great depression, lets move on.

    July 16, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Roy

    What the US really needs is a ban on simplistic-minded Republicans.

    July 16, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Dean Bumgarner

    John Boner!!!!!!! Such a Wall Street Friend!!!!!!!!! What excessive regulation. I love how they say regulation is killing jobs. Which regulations. Are ALL regulations bad? Regulations are passed to keep companies from ripping off consumers, each other, customers, and the American Taxpayer. DEREGULATION caused the financial meltdown. The same idiots that are for deregulation complain that Fannie and Freddie weren't regulated. So what do you REALLY mean Mr. Boner?

    July 16, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Get A Grip

    Keep fighting the good fight Mr.Boehner. We only have until November then Obama and his administration will get their wings clipped.

    July 16, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. SD Kevin

    What I know of John Boehner personally and professionally – albeit news reports – I can't stand the man, but what a phenomenally good idea. Republicans came up with something new and different! How cool is that?!?

    July 16, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. a health economist

    Hey, John. While you are at it why don't you suggest the elimination of other federal interventions in the economy? Maybe you could suggest the elimination of labor laws. That will instill confidence in employers that they can work their employees to death to make a greater profit. Maybe getting rid of anti-trust laws should be next. Nothing gives investors more convidence than knowing their company can buy out others and create a monoply.

    July 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. George

    Right, John. Stand up for profit and to hell with the voters, as long as those campaign funds keep coming in. Washington should roll over and let Joe Businessman act a fool with no accountability to the system, like the rest of us. After all, they're the gods of democracy and capitalism, which is what's really important.

    July 16, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Carol

    Rudominer's comment is worth repeating: "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" are right on. Only idiots would go along with Boehner's proposal.

    July 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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