House Republicans have a "better way" to get the government out of the way of businesses so workers and the economy can flourish, Rep. Kevin Cramer said Saturday.
“Our plan is based on the notion that the best way to restore our prosperity is to tap into the talents and aspirations of our people and then get out of their way and let them be successful,” the North Dakota Republican said in Saturday's GOP weekly address. "Our plan promotes reliable and affordable American energy, enhancing our global competitiveness.
Cramer was speaking from Grand Forks, North Dakota, where the University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines has just dedicated a cutting-edge collaborative energy research complex. He said the center will bring students, faculty and industry together while developing strategies for energy production.
"Our state’s 'all of the above' energy policy has elevated North Dakota’s economy to the top in the nation," said Cramer. "At the same time, we enjoy the cleanest ambient air quality in the country."
He said, though, that he hears often from people who are frustrated with Washington's needless regulations, and how they make life tougher for their farms, ranches and businesses.
"People feel the system is working against them, no matter how hard they work, no matter how much they plan," said Cramer, and that is the cue for him to share the House GOP's "Better Way" agenda booklet.
"It contains more than 100 ideas to get our economy back on track, many that have worked for us right here in North Dakota," said Cramer. "We will cut down on needless regulations. To do this, we want to require a vote in Congress before any major regulation can take effect. Unelected bureaucrats should not have the final say — the people and their representatives should."
Cramer said Republicans also believe there should be a cap when it comes to the amount of regulatory costs Washington can impose.
The plan, he said, promotes "reliable and affordable American energy...this is truly a better way — far better than the path our country is on now."
President Barack Obama has led a "regulatory onslaught" in the United States, said Cramer, and his administration is on a track to make 2016 the "busiest regulatory year in history," but Republicans offer a better plan for the future.
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