House GOP efforts to tie government regulations to the unemployment rate took a wrong turn when two key letters, “u” and “n,” were dropped from the measure.
The bill, which The Washington Post
reported contained a number of typos, said that the government could not issue new regulations until “the Bureau of Labor Statistics average of monthly employment rates for any quarter beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act is equal to or less than 6.0 percent.”
The phrase should have been, “monthly UNemployment rates.” As written, the law would mean that the government could not issue new regulations until the unemployment rate reached 94 percent.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Democrats will not give unanimous consent to quickly correct the bill’s typo. A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, according to the Post, that Republicans “have made a big typo in their latest message bill to nowhere. Looks like they should stop harping about ‘red tape’ and start looking for the white out.”
The bill’s official name is the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act.”
Doug Andres, a spokesman for the Rules Committee, told the Post the original version of the bill correctly used the word “unemployment” instead of employment” and hoped Democrats would cooperate in a fix.
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