Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today regarding the resolution directing House committees to review federal regulations. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
"This resolution directs House committees to review federal regulations for their effect on our economy. I agree with it—in fact, that’s oversight that committees should already be doing. Democrats believe that it’s important to vigorously review regulations to make sure they’re keeping pace with a changing economy—and that’s why President Obama has already issued an executive order that calls for such a review.
"Where regulations are duplicative, where they stifle innovation and entrepreneurship, where they hold job creation back without protecting consumers, let’s revise or end them. But let’s also remember that federal regulations keep our drinking water and our air clean, protect our children from unsafe toys and food, put a check on the abusive practices of insurance companies and credit card companies, and help control the kind of Wall Street gambling that wrecked our economy just a few years ago.
"Democrats want regulations that protect Americans and foster economic growth—and we will call the committees to review regulations with both of those goals in mind. There’s a reason Democrats have worked so hard to pass the Make It In America agenda: because we want an environment that encourages American companies to innovate, grow, and create jobs in the U.S. That’s the environment the federal government ought to work to create.
"I don't object to this resolution instructing committees to do what they should already be doing. But after this resolution is passed, I urge my colleagues to return to the real work of creating jobs."