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. DJ

    Open mouth and stick foot in Boehner!!! I swear the Republican will not learn, I mean pay me to teach you idiots how to play the game to get elected. Why in the world would this crazy say that? I mean why do you want project to the American people you are for big business?

    July 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Anthony Beasley

    How about we ban the idea that you can just show up and say no to everything? How about we require you to have at least one idea for something without making reference to an idea already in existence so the merits and liabilities of each be debated? How about we make business members and lobbyists expose the conversations, taped without edit for all America to hear? You're funny Boehner! You're a constant reminder of what's wrong with Congress!

    July 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Future expat

    John Boehner is a fully-owned subsidiary of the US Chamber of Commerce.

    He is also a fool.

    July 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Texas Granny

    The more Boehner talks, the more convinced I am that the man is a total moron. He just sort of shoots from the hip with absolutely NO thought whatsoever to what he says or promotes... just as long as it is something negative toward the other party, then he goes with it.
    And if the Republicans were the majority in Congress right now, I can guarantee you he would never suggest such a stupid thing as a ban on any new federal regulations. It's just that the GOP's new regulations would give the farm away to all their already wealthy buddies.
    And doesn't it bother anyone else that he & the GOP have increasingly taken to "not allow media coverage " of their goings-on. What about all that "transparency" he likes to whine about regarding the Democrats? You can't have it both way, Boehner.

    July 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. montag

    How about a ban on John Boehner?

    Go back to your tanning bed, John.

    July 16, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. bill

    I strongly suggest a BOB!
    A ban on Boehner!

    July 16, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Realistic

    Really Republicans? Really? I understand that over burdening business with too much regulations is bad. However, having a moratorium on new federal regulations is so bad thats its scary. How about to we just repeal all regulations, like, allowing chemicals waste to be buried without proper containment. And how about we bury that waste in your back yard because hey, its safe, right? What can possibly happen or go wrong? Its not like Endicott NY residence got sick from, as the case claims, *IBM dumped toxic waste that caused environmental contamination for decades and made the residence sick*..We all know innocent until the proven guilty is the law of the land. However, with regulations in place, IBM is being accused of this and imagine if we repeal those regulation that supposes stops illegal toxic waste dumping, what do you think would happen? Yes Boehner, a free for all. Instead of talking nonsense and attempting to do something that will not happen, why don't both parties sit down and talk about what regulations need to be looked at instead of coming up with a ill advised policy. Sir, think before you talk, please..Last time we allowed lobbyists to write their own agenda, it didn't work out so well for us.

    July 16, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Trevor

    I think this sends a clear message that the republicans are the most corrupt group in america.

    July 16, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Mickey, NY

    Hey Boehnor, how about we put this in terms so simple even you will understand....NO.

    It's your Party's penchant for deregulation that got us where we are today.

    Hey JohnnyOrange...fasten your seatbelt...You ain't seen nothin' yet!

    Oh, and is there a day when you don't go before the cameras looking like you just had 3 or 4 drinks?

    July 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Dachau

    That man is an idiot. Enough said.

    July 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. David in Houston

    OMG! Can Mr. Boehner have any more disregard for ordinary Americans?

    These regulations are in place for a reason! Can we really trust these corporations to police themselves???

    I think not!

    Complete insanity...

    July 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Tubby the Tuba

    Repugs aiding big business. We can see who they support, but what about the people who were soaked by these very businesses? What about those people who lost 30% to 40% of their retirement funds? No compensation, not even a word.

    July 16, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. sam

    Nice try, Bone head.

    July 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. David

    John Boehner, Inc...bought & paid for.

    July 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    right...... because we know that business will make sure that they operate safely without oversight.
    The republican party is full of hypocritical idiots.

    July 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. jbakaregit

    Yeah that's right. Just let Wall Street, health insurance companies, & BP police themselves. What could go wrong?

    I'm glad though Boehner and the rest of the GOP are making clear where their loyalties lie, and sure isn't with the majority of America.

    I hope Boehner goes down to the Gulf Coast and tell the people down there, "BP shouldn't have to pay for their mistakes. That's what taxpayer bailouts are for. Let these large corporations like BP do what they want to do. Some of that responsibility and profits will trickle right on down to you, someday. Maybe. Country first!"

    Boehner, I hope the recently passed healthcare reform continues to levy a small tax on tanning salons, especially yours. It's clear all those UV rays have fried your brain as well as your regard for the American people.

    July 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Ron

    You liberals can continue to "hate" the private sector businesses all you want but who the heck do you think will create economic growth? I own a business and I am here to tell you the MOST damaging topic to a businessman is UNCERTAINTY!! We have an administration that has passed Health Care, Financial Reform, tells the citizenry that the Bush Tax Cuts will expire (raising taxes), and threatens a Cap & Trade bill. Do you realize the Health Care bill has over 2000 regulations ALONE!!

    I can tell you that I am NOT doing any hiring until I know what in the world my tax obligations and costs will be next year and the year after that and can assure you that ALL businesses are going through this same analysis. It will take us 6 months to a year to figure out how much damage this administration has caused so will be at least that long before private businesses start to increase expansion and hiring.

    So you continue to blame "the rich", "the greedy businesses", "the Republicans", and "George Bush" all you want but it is clear that you will NOT be able to find a job until this administration is under control and every business can start anticipating what our costs are going to be. And how can I tell you that unemployment is NOT going to improve any time soon? BECAUSE I WON'T HIRE YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE UNTIL I KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY BUSINESS!!

    July 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. harold

    I would agree wih this if the private sector would agree to hire instead of making due with staff shortages all the while simply thinking of profits for stockholders; business doesn't care about employees or those out of work, neither does the Chamber of Commerce;
    there must be someone to look out for the little guy;

    July 16, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Mark

    A ban on federal regulations? After the worst oil spill disaster in US history? After a huge financial crisis due to poor regulations?

    Sounds like one of the parties in congress just doesn't want to see anything get fixed. Is this really the Republican strategy? Everything will be fine if we do nothing?

    July 16, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Jamie from Riverside

    Wow, this guy is a joke.
    No federal regulations. How do you think we got into the financial meltown and the BP mess? I think he should keep flapping that lip and pound some more nails in that GOP coffin.

    July 16, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Too bad Mr. Boehner did not meet with his constituents instead.

    John Boehner ... out of touch with the voters!

    July 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Carl F

    Of course the Republicans oppose new regulations, or existing regulations for that matter. They always have. And wWe've seen the benefits of having non-existent or weak regulations: The Gulf oil disaster due to the federal government's lax oversight of BP's Deepwater Horizon well; the near-fcollapse of our financial system in 2008 due to the risky and unchecked lending practices of financial institutions; outbreaks of food poisoning because of a lack of inspectors at FDA; injuries and deaths caused by faulty and dangerous products due to a lack of inspectors at the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and on and on. In a perfect world where businesses acted responsibly, we probably wouldn't need regulations. But we don't live in that perfect world.

    July 16, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Annie

    Why didn't we get the chance to BAN the wars that George W got us into illegaly. Think of the THOUSANDS of young Americans whose lives would have been saved.
    Typical Republican BS...they only have an interest in what happens to businesses in this country, not the people who live here.

    July 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Marty, AL

    An America would make this Guy the new Speaker. OMG! we are in really big trouble, someone please dail 911.

    July 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Tinkers Dam

    I don't know about a ban on new federal regulations. What they need to do is ban Obama and those two idiots Reid and Pelosi. Ship them to some communist block country. They would fit in real well.

    July 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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