Federal Regulations

capitolRep. Tom Reed and many others blame regulations for economic hardship. They claim that rescinding regulations alone would spur the economy and create jobs. John Stossel, in a column titled “Here comes tomorrow, ready or not,” writes “Today’s high unemployment is caused by suffocating regulation…”

Tom Reed supports the REINS Act, which would have Congress approve all Federal Regulations evidently with the intent of disapproving as many as possible. One might think that members of Congress in general, and Tom Reed in particular, dislike regulations. But when Congress writes laws, they include an astonishing array of regulations and prohibitions. Currently Congress is working on defense appropriations: HR 4870. Here are some examples of red tape:

    • An amendment, offered by Mrs. Miller (R-MI), to prohibit use of funds to divest, retire, transfer, or place in storage, or prepare to divest, retire, transfer, or place in storage, any A-10 aircraft, or to disestablish any units of the active or reserve component associated with such aircraft. (These aircraft are operated in her district.) (Passed 300-114, (Roll no. 322), Rep. Reed to his credit voted NO.)
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar (R-AZ), to prohibit the use of funds to enter into any contract after the date of the enactment of this Act for the procurement of production of any non-petroleum based fuel for use as the same purpose or as a drop-in substitute for petroleum. (so much for economy or new technology.)  Failed by recorded vote: 205 – 208(Roll no. 334). Rep. Reed, no surprise, voted AYE.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Franks (R-AZ), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer or divest the Electronic Proving Grounds at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. (unnecessary spending is fine in one’s own district.  Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 336). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
    • An amendment, offered by Mr. Huizenga (MI), to prohibit the use of funds by the Defense Logistics Agency to implement the Small Business Administration interim final rule titled “Small Business Size Standards; Adoption of 2012 North American Industry Classification System” (published August 20, 2012, in the Federal Register) with respect to the procurement of footwear. Agreed to by voice vote.

Evidently Congress dislikes regulations, micro-management, and red-tape except when it’s their idea.

© William Hungerford – June 2014




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4 Responses to Federal Regulations

  1. josephurban says:

    Lawmaking seems to be the process of slipping in pork wherever possible…then claiming it is not pork. I find it perpetually amusing that the fiscal conservatives want to balance the budget, cut taxes and reduce spending…but maintain the highest level of pork possible for their own pet projects. It is always a matter of whose ox is gored.


  2. whungerford says:

    Yes indeed, Rep. Candace Miller (R-MI), a fiscal conservative, may not be a military expert, but she knows full well that the Michigan National Guard operates obsolescent A-10 aircraft at Selfridge ANGB in her district. She writes: “Tonight, my amendment to prevent the House Department of Defense Appropriations Act from retiring the A-10 fleet passed 300-114. This overwhelming support is testament to the fleet’s proven success of protecting our troops in combat.”


  3. whungerford says:

    Rep. Capuano (D-MA) writes: “This week the House continued consideration of Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills with H.R. 4870, FY 2015 Defense Department Appropriations. This bill provides $4.1 billion more in funding than the last fiscal year. While there are certainly provisions in H.R. 4870 that I do support, such as increased funding for certain health care programs, I had too many concerns about other provisions. H.R. 4870 contains almost a billion dollars more than requested for Navy aircraft and a half billion more than requested for Air Force planes. At a time when Congress is seeking ways to responsibly reduce spending, it just doesn’t make sense to give the Defense Department money for resources it didn’t even request.” H.R. 4870 passed; Rep. Capuano voted NO.


  4. Barbara Griffin says:

    I can’t help but imagine what that $4.1 billion could do to enhance social programs, education, job creation, investment in green energy. Congress is sick.


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