GOP pushes Obama on industry regulations
October 3rd, 2011
10:23 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP pushes Obama on industry regulations

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans tried to seize the political upper hand in the job-creation debate Monday, urging President Barack Obama to support GOP-sponsored legislation designed to ease industry burdens imposed by environmental regulations, among other things.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent a letter to the president noting that the Republican-controlled House is scheduled to consider two bills - an "EPA Regulatory Relief Act" requiring authorities to reissue certain rules in a "less burdensome manner," and a "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act" requiring regulators to reconsider rules affecting an industry critical to new construction.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Regulations do not kill jobs. That is not how it works. Regulations define a minimum standard of excellence that mnaufacturers and industries must meet. Most regulations cover common sense and safety issues. For example, you are not allowed to practice medicine unless you actually have a medical degree.

    George W. Bush came to power in 2001 with a Republican Congress and pretty much stripped away many regulations that protect consumers and the environment from the greedy and the uncaring.

    Regulations may raise costs of some end products, but they do not kill jobs. Ask a Republican to name one example. Rep. Bachmann gave us an example last month during her visit to a meat processing plant. Her entire argument against health regulations was stupid because she walked around the place with a press entourage of unknown size and no hair restraint of any kind as she "got her hands dirty" handling and inspecting actual meat products.

    October 3, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Canuck

    Sure deregulate – it worked out so well with the banks.

    October 3, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. rs

    Sorry Boehner- The one GOOD idea the GOP had years ago was to found the EPA in the first place (Nixon). You undo that and you guys have absolutely nothing to build on. You crazy, quasi-religious nuts will be the ruin of America.

    October 3, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Whatever! The GOP better be concerned about the revolution that is taking place on Wall St. and around the country.

    October 3, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Bill

    Boehner will be removed after the 2012 elections. And he won't be replaced by a Republican, becasue they will lose their majority.

    October 3, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Tony

    Republicans want to make sure that the next Gulf Oil Spill really kills the economy, assuming that they don't win back the White House in 2012. With Romney and Perry leading the Republican field, this is prudent planning for 2016.

    October 3, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power

    Regulations do not kill jobs. That is not how it works.
    Spoken like somebody that has never run a business. Laws and regulations can make for a very hostile business environment that could cost businesses thousands or millions in additional costs, if not drive them away entirely. That is what we see now when companies take their manufacturing elsewhere.

    October 3, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sorry, John-Boy. I actually do like that there are regulations in place ... really. Haven't trusted Corporate CEOs in, oh, over 5 decades now. Have no reason to start trusting them now. Thanks, though, for protecting the air I breath, the food I eat, and the water I drink. Oh, that's right, you are AGAINST such protections, aren't you? My bad.

    October 3, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. maf

    Just another example of how the GOP is NEVER going to pass a JOBS BILL!!! Now moving into the small print of this legislation, they want to de-regulate the EPA! Anything to segue from the task at hand – to provide JOBS!!!

    An economy needs DEMAND! Now that there are so many without jobs in the states, those who have money are determined to make sure they are only purchasing necessities. Those who don't unfortunately can't participate in growing the demand! Those who are uber-wealthy, don't care about the economy because it really doesn't affect them!
    This is all about the middle-class and how their participation in consumerism means turning the economy around.


    October 3, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Squigman

    Cut! Cut! Cut!!!. I hope every person working for a living has kept score. You've had your lives changed by these elected parasites, but not once have they (congress or senate), taken a hit to their pay or benefits. The person pictured above, is clueless to the real condition of the electorate, all he knows is the payoff from K-Street, and what he can expect for swaying favorable legislation toward the wealthy. Get smart to yourselves. You are not now, nor will you ever be given favorable attention by your elected officals, unless you are made of money. No blood is thicker than ink.

    October 3, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    YOU decide wrote:
    Laws and regulations can make for a very hostile business environment that could cost businesses thousands or millions in additional costs, if not drive them away entirely. That is what we see now when companies take their manufacturing elsewhere.
    Spoken like a true subscriber to what passes for conservatism today. The facts fly in the face of your claims. GWB and Republicans deregulated a whole lot of stuff. GWB and Republicans cut taxes across the board and created new loopholes, especially targeted for manufacturers and corporations.

    So why is the economy had 19 million manufacturing jobs when GWB took office and only 11 million manufacturing jobs by the end of 2007?

    October 3, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Sure John, get rid of that pesky FDA while tainted food continues to flow to the american public. They along with banks, oil companies, car producers and other big corporations can regulate themselves can't they? You and your minions will never submit a jobs bill that will pass the President's desk. Your plan is: put something in that may be acceptable. Add in items that are completely UNacceptable (poison pills) knowing full well they won't go thru and then try to blame Obama. Good try but it won't work. We're on to you. Only the sheep accept your plans to keep the economy as bad as possible (on purpose) and try to pin in it on Obama come 2012......NOPE

    October 3, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    The big lie being told by conservatives is that the only significant regulations put in place during the Obama administration were all related to the financial industry. There have been no significant regulations imposed on other industries, only actual enforcement of the already crippled laws that are still on the books.

    October 3, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. B

    All that the Republicans ever want is No Regulations and No taxes, both of which they had for eight years under Bush and we all have seen where that got us!

    How many times do we have to do the same things that have almost destroyed us and expect things to be different ?

    The GOP will never change –

    October 3, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. d

    Very tired of this sound bite from gop us facts ! because frankly we the people do not trust ur words! bohner kiss ur job goodbye. hope there are enough think tanks (not)for all the gop that will lose their seats in 12...

    October 3, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. jane

    Repubs enjoy your temporary control.....come 2012 you are gone!

    October 3, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |