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Congresswoman Hartzler hears firsthand of burdens of Obama regulations

April 29, 2011
Press Release

"Government regulations are killing us."

"We've had to move one employee to solely dealing with the EPA to make sure we stay on compliance with all its regulations."

"The price of our product to our customers is going up a couple of hundred dollars this year just because of the EPA's latest mandate."

These were just a few of the comments Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has heard this week as she has visited with business leaders in the Fourth Congressional District. The Obama Administration's burdensome regulations on small business and manufacturing plants are having a real impact here.

"In this year alone, the Obama Administration has filled more than 20,000 pages of the Federal Register with 255 proposed or enacted regulations," said Hartzler. "These regulations come with regulatory costs of more than $24.4 billion. If his goal was to use government red tape to destroy our nation's economy he's doing a great job. This has got to stop."

"I applaud these business leaders in the Fourth who are creating jobs despite the onerous regulations being dictated to them from the Obama Administration," added Hartzler. "I want to do everything possible to help them so they can create more jobs. There is a better way. I am with businesses in their quest to prosper, grow the economy, and create jobs and will continue to do everything in my power to reverse this devastating overreach by government."

"The 2012 House budget, which I support, would eliminate a lot of those bureaucratic nightmares by promoting growth and job creation," added Hartzler. "We do that by scrapping rules and regulations that stand in the way of economic activity. In addition, the budget takes proactive steps to keep American jobs here such as lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent - the highest in the industrialized world - to 25 percent."

"It was 100 days ago that President Obama issued an Executive Order to relieve regulatory burdens that have had a disastrous effect on the nation's job picture, but instead of relieving the burden the President has made things worse," concluded Hartzler. "It's time to reverse course - for the nation and for jobs in Missouri's Fourth."

The 2012 budget, passed by the House, now awaits action from the Senate.

Vicky Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, is currently hosting a series of Town Halls throughout the 4th Congressional District, visiting with citizens and sharing facts about the financial problems in Washington and bold solutions for solving those problems.