Monday, May 9, 2011
RSC Update: Cut Red Tape, Create Jobs
From the Chairman
Government red tape costs small businesses on average $10,585 for every single employee. Complying with our incredibly complex federal tax code? That cost Americans $160 billion in 2009, according to one estimate. And every penny increase in gas prices costs consumers – many of them small businesses – a total of $4 million per day. This is money that can’t be used to build a business, hire new workers, or develop new products.
House Republicans are working on all three of these problems. To tackle onerous regulations, we built AmericanJobCreators.com, a website where small business owners can tell Congress about the red tape that stands in the way of job creation. On taxes, our 2012 budget proposed to simplify the tax code and reduce tax rates without sacrificing revenue. A simplified tax structure will strengthen the private sector’s ability to create jobs and put our economy on more stable ground. And last week RSC members introduced the Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act, a broad plan to increase our supply of North American energy, reduce regulatory burdens, and repeal government policies that artificially inflate the price of gasoline.
The government can take away wealth and prosperity, but it can’t create them. Only the private sector can do that.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-05): Republican Budget Plan Would Restore America’s Promise; The Colorado Springs Gazette, May 5.
· Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25): The Toll of Rising Gas Prices; The Flash Report, May 5.
· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40):Osama’s Views Live On in Pakistan; The Orange County Register, May 5.
· Reps. Steve King (IA-05), Louie Gohmert (TX-01) & Michele Bachmann (MN-06): Debt Ceiling Vote is Last Chance to Rein In Spending; Human Events, May 6.
· Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25): Why Charter Schools Deserve Our Support; The Hill, May 6.
RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· The RSC introduced H.R. 1777, the Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act, which would lead to more energy and lower prices with a more stable marketplace for gasoline for decades to come.
· Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Phil Gingrey (GA-11) introduced H.R. 1683, the State Flexibility Act, that would fundamentally change Medicaid from a federally-directed, one-size-fits-all program into a true partnership between the states and the federal government.
· Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06) introduced H.R. 1712, the Job Creation and Energy Security Act, that would encourage independent producers, as defined by the IRS, to expand natural gas vehicle infrastructure – lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil.
· Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) reintroduced H.R. 1737, the Surface Transportation and Taxation Equity (STATE) Act, which returns primary responsibility for transportation and infrastructure projects back to the states without increasing taxes.
· Rep. Allen West (FL-22) introduced H.R. 1663, the Small Business Encouragement Act, that will put Americans back to work by helping our nation’s most effective job creators, our small businesses.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· Last week, the House passed H.R. 1213 and H.R. 1214 that repeal an ObamaCare federal slush fund at the disposal of the Secretary of Health and Human Services funded with advanced-appropriated federal tax dollars and reduce the federal deficit by approximately $14 billion over fiscal years 2012-2021.
· On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which will establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage.
· On Thursday, the House approved H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, which establishes statutory deadlines that require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct four lease sales originally established under the 2007-2012 five-year plan in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· On Tuesday, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act.
· On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act.
· On Friday, the House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 754, the Intelligence Authorization Act.
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant