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. SomeGuyInNC

    Let's see: Unbridled investment banks trashed our economy, health insurers (until very recently) could cut off anyone from health care while citing a "pre-existing condition", some coal miners in WV died because they turned off safety equipment at the behest of management, and the Gulf of Mexico is a bit more flammable these days for no good reason.
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    Oh yeah, we're overregulated.

    July 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Larry

    Boehner is a drunk. His statements don't even make any sense.

    He's in Washington and Ohio. What does he care about regulating an industry that caused the biggest man-made disaster in the history of this country in the gulf of mexico.

    July 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Absolutely! Let's get rid of all regulations. It's not like we need them, right?

    We know for a fact that there won't be any problems if a company doesn't have regulations to follow. It's not like there'd be an oil leak 5000 feet under the ocean destroying the Gulf of Mexico or a gas company/electric company/cable company price-gouging customers. No indeed. We all know how responsible companies are. They only care about the customer, right? Making a profit isn't important at all. After all, in a capitalist, free-market system, a company is like God on Earth, right? It can do no wrong?

    Why would there be a need for regulations?

    July 16, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Drew Williams

    I really wish Boehner and his ilk would go and form a new nation somewhere. They could run it any way they want, they could experiment with all their cockamaymee ideas, they could be as reactionary as they'd like, all without the incumberances of people who demand reason from their leadership. Then we here in the US could go about our business quietly. That'd be nice,

    July 16, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Bans on regulation are not going to accomplish anything.

    There has to be constructive cooperation, between government, and business, to make something happen, that is positive, in America.

    July 16, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Dorothy Zink

    A new regulation banning new regulations?

    Sounds very GOP.

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

    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."
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    I think the Republicans got it that Bush was a RINO and did some serious damage to conservative beliefs as well as ignore enforcement of our laws. But then who is promoting scare tactics for voter base, the GOP or the DNC? We see what a bunch of inept leadership we have had from Obama, if that is what you would even call it, I see it more as a dictatorship when you continue to go against the will of the majority. When I keep seeing this call by Obama's goon squad in Congress I keep asking myself, is it more regulation or is simply they failed in THEIR duties to enforce existing regulations. This Bill is just another attempt by Progressives to grab more power, Big business isn't concerned because it can most all be struck down as unconstitutional. I would say be careful Progressive Libtards you may soon get a tiger by the tail that devours you!

    July 16, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. MAhole

    That's just wonderful Mr. Boehn-head........

    Let's just forget about laws of any kind altogether when it comes to business.

    It's the "wild, wild west" all over again.

    "Eff" the working people – let business do whatever they want. Gee – look where 8 years of that put us – straight into the toilet.

    GOBP at it's finest!!

    July 16, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. John Adkisson

    If we're going to place a moratorium on all new business regulations - why stop there? Perhaps Rep. Boehner would consider repealing existing laws against fraud and embezzlement. That might really free up some much needed economic activity. Apparently, what we need is another ENRON.

    July 16, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. The Real Issue

    My fellow Americans...Congressman Boehner has taken positions for business and against the working class. He has failed to extend unemployment and voted No for this president's policies 95% of the time and YES 95% of the time with Pres. Bush and his reactionary and military policies. That's his record and the Real Issue.

    July 16, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Mike

    Of course they dont want medi cameras in on the meeting! If I was trying to design a new way to maipulate voters, and rape our financial system with the help of "experts", I wouldnt invite the police or SEC in the room. But they will somehow find a way to energize the "fools" who believe the ideas that government will rakeover your life and take your money. As a small business owner, I have to say, Republican policies have cost my business a great deal of money.

    July 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Danny Cali

    Mr. Boehner I though you going to say "NO" to every things. so, how come you say yes this time?

    July 16, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. gw

    Wasn't it deregulation that got us into this economic and environmental mess? And now the Republicans want even more deregulation? It seems they assume Americans are really stupid.

    July 16, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Don

    Full speed ahead! No rules! No morality! No intrusion! DUH! That is EXACTLY what lead to the crisis that we are in at the moment! Boehner and the GoBp are sellouts to big business. Do you honestly think their should be no regulation? And lazzia faire? That lead to the Great Depression and damn near the whole country being on the soup line; the answer for you idiots is no!

    July 16, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. bluej

    yea... lets just tell BP that they were right on track with the Deepwater Horizon and how bout they share their safe oil rigs with the ne coast and the west coast too. lets not regulate wall st. at all so our economy will make even Bush jr. jump for joy, so sorry for the sarcasm but man this guys got a big buisness boner!

    July 16, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. JB

    Boehner is a clown. He represents leadership?

    July 16, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Greg Bindner

    John Boehner is as corrupt as they come for a pollitician. There is no doubt where he stands regarding how the rule of law should protect economically at-risk and middle class Americans. His response to the corporate cost of regulation is that these costs should be absorbed by the consumer or the worker and not the stockholder. Companies would rather raise prices or lay off employees then let increased operational costs impact dividends paid to executives. Unfortunately, the American public is too nieve and uninformed to understand or accept this thinking. Mr. Boehner operates under a shrowd of ignorace.

    July 16, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Crazy Harry

    Once the private sector can be depended upon to act morally and ethically, then we can stop regulating them.

    I'm pretty sure our country can afford another AIG/Goldman Sachs.

    We have clean rivers and clean air because of regulation. We can deposit our money in banks without the fear of losing it all. Women have rights to vote, National Parks, and the list goes on and on.

    Once again Boehner, shows what a true bone head he is.

    July 16, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Dave

    So now Boehner wants to actually pass a bill to do nothing. Hasn't he already mastered this? How could a government, any government, be anti-business? Where do you think this country gets its tax revenue from? From companies and those who earn a living from their company paycheck. If Boehner hates government so much, may I suggest that he go get a regular job and leave the governing to people who actually give a damn about this country.

    July 16, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Give me an R!

    I agree. "Healthcare" (insurance) legislation, Financial "reform" and a plethora of other crazy Obama policies are killing our economy. My clients have complained about the 'hits' they are taking. I've held off hiring because of Obama.... I know that I'm not alone.

    Support Republicans. Stop these crazy federal regulations... which DON'T ADDRESS PROBLEMS, BUT SYMPTOMS (seriously, look at the bills and you'll be amazed how bad they are).

    Note: I'm not even a republican.

    July 16, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Dan

    Boehner needs to step aside and let Cantor take over.

    Boehner isn't looking at polling numbers, Americans want more regulation on the oil industry, more regulation on the banks, more regulation on Wall Street.

    July 16, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. KM

    I am really trying to understand why a ban on all new federal regulations is a "good" thing. I am really trying to understand the GOP on this one. I agree that we cannot regulate ourselves to death but to say no new regulations unless deemed emergency regulations is not making common sense to me.

    July 16, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. bill

    and these are the fools.that ran the car in the ditch.the party of NO.as president said now with NOHELP FROM G.O P. things are begining to turn around.AND THEY WANT THE KEYS BACK. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    July 16, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Twainland

    All federal regulations? So basically, he doesn't want to do anything while he's in Congress. I guess that's not a long shot for Boner.

    July 16, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. yoyoma

    dude! what happened to his skin...he is freekin orange! lay off the tanning salons man.

    July 16, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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