Roberts' ideas are part of Republican proposal
October 17, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two amendments introduced by U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) related to eliminating burdensome and costly regulations have been included in a bill Republican lawmakers presented recently.

“I’m pleased to be part of the Republican solution to strengthen our economy and create jobs by eliminating expensive, unnecessary government regulations and spur job creation to give our small businesses the boost they need to be lucrative,” said Roberts. “By eliminating layers of bureaucratic red tape for our businesses, we can get our economy on the right track and yield real results.”

The Republican plan, the Jobs Through Growth Act, was introduced this week by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). It includes amendments related to boosting jobs and strengthening the economy that have been introduced by Republican senators throughout the 112th Congress. According to Roberts, the plan would create five million new jobs, while not adding a dime to the federal deficit.

The two Roberts’ amendments included in the plan are the Regulatory Responsibility for our Economy Act, and the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.

The Regulatory Responsibility for our Economy Act, S.358, codifies and strengthens the president’s Executive Order from January 18, 2011, to ensure it is carried out to review, modify, streamline, expand, or repeal those significant regulatory actions that are duplicative, unnecessary, burdensome, or would have significant economic impacts on Americans.

The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, H.R. 872, which Roberts championed through the Senate Agriculture Committee and recently introduced as an amendment on the Senate floor, eliminates a new EPA regulation that will cost millions of dollars to implement without, according to Roberts, providing additional environmental protection. The current rules for pesticides, which have been in place for decades, will remain in force.

Both amendments were introduced by Sen. Roberts earlier this year.

Roberts is ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and is a member of the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Rules Committee and the Ethics Committee.

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