Rep. 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