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Senate Must Act on Jobs BillsPosted Monday, October 10, 2011, at 12:40 PM
Last week, the House of Representatives continued its work to free job creators from stifling regulations yet, the Senate still has not taken any action.
With bipartisan support, the House passed H.R. 2681, The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued overreaching new regulatory rules for cement plants. H.R. 2681 would require the EPA to issue more realistic standards and give current cement plants five years to comply with the new rules. The House Energy and Commerce Committee estimates that between 12,000 and 19,000 construction jobs could be lost as a result of increased cement costs.
H.R. 2681 is just one of 11 bills the House has passed to free job creators from overregulation. It is time for the Senate to act to get Washington out of the way of job creators.
Legislation Awaiting Senate Action:
Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 872)
The Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910)
The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act (H.R. 2018)
A Resolution of Disapproval Regarding FCC's Regulation (H.J.Res. 37)
Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230)
Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229)
The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act (H.R. 2021)
The North American-Made Security Act (H.R. 1938)
2012 Budget Act (H.Con.Res. 34)
The Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act (H.R. 1315)
The Labor Department released the September jobs report, indicating the unemployment rate is still at 9.1%. Americans cannot continue to wait for economic recovery. With so much at stake, it is time for the Senate to take action so Americans can get back to work.
Stephen Fincher is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district.