Rep. Griffin: Obama Needs 'Time Out' on Job Regulations

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 01:49 PM

By Henry J. Reske and John Bachman

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President Barack Obama needs a time out when it comes to enacting job-killing regulations and Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., wants to give him one.

Griffin is introducing legislation that would stop the president from imposing any new regulations until the unemployment rate, currently at 8.2 percent, drops below 6 percent. The law would not affect any of the 120 new major regulations enacted by the Obama administration but would apply the brakes to future ones.

“What this bill seeks to do is to say, ‘Hey, we need a time out. We need a break,’” Griffin tells Newsmax.TV. “I described it sort of roughly like your two kids are fighting and you can’t really tell what’s going on and you just say, ‘Hey, let’s take a timeout. You go over here. You go over here. We’ll try to figure out what happened here.’ That’s sort of like this.

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“It’s been such a tsunami of regulation over the last few years. And it’s one of the biggest complaints that I hear from people that we count on to create jobs. To some extent, we just want to sort of take a break and figure out what it is that has been issued, what are we need to keep what we have around, what do they need to be revised. You know, a lot of regulations don’t actually hit the target that they intend. And the bottom line is, this has a direct impact on our ability to create jobs and you don’t have to take my word for it. You could look at surveys of small business folks. You could look at the cover of Economist magazine earlier this year that lead off with overregulated America. You can look at — even the president has given lip service to it. Even he has said that regulations impact innovation and job creation. Now, he’s just talked a lot, hasn’t done a lot about it, but even he has recognized it.”

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Griffin labeled charges by Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, that the GOP is trying to shut down the regulatory process that protects the health and safety of Americans as “nonsense.”

“First of all, this bill doesn’t shut it down,” he said. “This bill has four exceptions to allow for regulations that are pending to continue and that’s for trade agreements, that’s to enforce civil rights laws or criminal laws, that is for national security or imminent danger to health or safety. And so you have those and then there’s a significant, significant waiver that requires Congress to act but it by no means stops the process.”

Griffin added that the proposed law also provides an avenue for new regulations that do not fall within the four exceptions.

“If there is a regulation pending that the president wants to proceed with and it does not fall under one of the four exceptions that I mentioned, we can still issue that regulation but the president has to just ask Congress to approve it,” he said. “Now I call that checks and balances.

“Makes a lot of sense to me if Congress is the only body that can authorize regulations, makes a lot of sense to me that we ought to have the last say on regulations. We are the legislative body and so all this does is requires the president to propose them to us and then we can take a look at them and decide whether to proceed. So the idea that it shuts down the regulatory process is complete and utter nonsense. What it does is it freezes everything unless it meets an exception or Congress approves a presidentially requested waiver. So they don’t like to talk about that, but that’s the full scope of the bill.”

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