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Barrasso: Obama Creates More Red Tape Than He Cuts

Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 12:16 PM

By Greg McDonald

Sen. John Barrasso says the Obama administration is steadily creating more “red tape” than it’s cutting in its new list of regulatory reform recommendations, which he calls “a plan for publicity – not a plan for growth.”
 
The Wyoming Republican, who is vice chairman of the Republican Conference, said in a statement reacting to the reform plan that “cutting $10 billion in regulatory costs over five years is a drop in the bucket. In July alone, the Administration proposed over $9.5 billion in new regulatory costs.”
 
He sited as an example a recommendation in the plan that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) trims $1.5 billion in regulatory costs. That recommendation, he said, would be offset by a new EPA proposed rule on energy exploration that was released Tuesday.
 
“If President Obama really wants to reduce the burden on America’s job creators, he’ll take a hard look at his own policies. He should face the reality of his red tape instead of simply looking in the regulatory rear view mirror,” Barrasso said.

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