Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Column - June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011
Representative Roby's Weekly Column

Limiting government overreach:

During my travels through the Second Congressional District two weeks ago, I heard from many I represent about how Washington is in the way of job growth. Americans are weary of the ever-growing size and scope of government. Federal regulations imposed by the administration are overwhelming the potential for growth, improvement and jobs in our local areas.

A visit to Rheem Manufacturing facility two weeks ago allowed me to talk with their employees about what is getting in the way of job growth. Impeding federal regulations that are hindering job creation was the topic of that discussion as businesses are spending every dime they have toward complying with government regulations.

I took this message to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week, and I was not alone. Joining with House members from all over the country, there was a unified consensus about the impact that burdening federal regulations are having on our businesses, schools and local economy.

Many businesses are not expanding or hiring because they do not know what regulation the government is going to implement next. Economic growth has been stifled. The private sector needs less regulation that hinders job creation and more confidence, certainty, and stability. The Obama Administration is acting as obstructionists causing uncertainty by enforcing overreaching regulations. Enough is enough. More taxation, regulation and litigation will not create more jobs and will not bring about a better economy.

In a hearing in the Education and the Workforce Committee last week, I co-sponsored legislation to limit federal overreach in higher education. The Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, H.R. 2117, repealed two federal regulations burdening higher education institutions. Troy University was among several Alabama education institutions that reached out to me asking for my support on this bill.

I fully support H.R. 2117 as it permanently repeals needless regulations and protects states, education institutions, and students from unnecessary federal regulatory burdens. Excessive federal overreach into education leads to higher costs and reduced access to educational opportunities for students.

We need to reject imposing government regulations and we must give more control to our educational systems here on the local level. There is no doubt that those in our district are more knowledgeable about what is best for our students than the bureaucrats in Washington. A reduction in federal regulations will allow states to construct and administer programs to fit their needs.

The recently elected Congressional class, of which I am part, is demonstrating a change in the culture in Washington. My colleagues and I have offered a pro-growth plan focused on creating jobs, easing federal regulations, reducing the deficit, and improving the economy. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and the Senate have been unwilling to embrace our strategy and agenda.

House Republicans are focusing on empowering job creators and decreasing federal regulations. We have worked to pass legislation to review federal agency rules and regulations, we repealed the onerous “1099” provision in the government takeover of health care, rolled back job-destroying provisions, and tackled the Obama Administration’s misguided energy policies and regulatory burdens head-on.

The more red tape we wrap around businesses owners, the more we hold back job seekers. We must continue to do all that we can to untie the hands of our businesses so that we can get our country back on track.

It is true that American job growth is the number one issue in our country right now. If Congress is serious about helping get Americans back to work, government must stop forcing regulations and start focusing on cutting spending and putting forth a pro-growth plan to create jobs. Lifting regulatory burdens will encourage growth on the local level, will help our economy rebound and will help get Americans back to work.