Elected Officials Question Federal Agency’s Spending

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Republican lawmakers are demanding more information from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau about controversial renovation plans that could cost upwards of $215 million. The House Financial Services Committee Chairman questioned the use of taxpayer money for the project, highlighting that the pricetag of the project has jumped significantly over the last couple of years.

According to the article, “When it was first announced four years ago, the renovation project had a $55 million pricetag. By 2012, the CFPB revised the projected cost to $95 million and again last year raised the estimate to $150.8 million. Earlier this month, Federal Reserve inspector general Mark Bialek reported that the pricetage has jumped again to $215.8 million.”

Read more about the case here.

Senators join in EPA ‘secret science’ charge

Friday, 18 July 2014

Eight U.S. Senators introduced a bill that would require the EPA to use public scientific information to justify their regulations, creating a more transparent rule-making process. This bill is similar to the bill that passed the House Science Committee last month.

According to proponent, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), “Since the American people bear the expensive costs of EPA red tape, they deserve to have access to the science behind the EPA’s proposals. For years, the EPA has based its rules and regulations on secret data that they refuse to publish and make available to all Americans. If the administration wants to finally live up to its claim of being the ‘most transparent administration’ in U.S. history, they’ll immediately support our bill.”

Read more about the article here.

EPA proposes radical regulatory agenda

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

U.S. Representative Lamar Smith  (R-TX-21) published an opinion editorial in Roll Call about the regulatory agenda of the EPA, highlighting the agency’s most controversial rules, including the proposed expansion of the Clean Water Act. This rule would subject farmers, small businesses and manufacturers to costly new permitting requirements, with minimal environmental benefits.

According to Representative Smith, “The practical implications of this new rule are especially troubling for private property owners. If you have a creek or stream in your backyard and want to expand your home or build a fort for your kids, you may first have to get permission from unelected government officials in Washington, D.C.”

Read the entire piece here.

Study: 2015 Regulators’ Budget

Monday, 14 July 2014

The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis published their annual report on the regulatory budget. The study found that federal agencies are growing, due in part to fees on businesses and development.

According to Susan Dudley, “The growth in spending and staffing in some agencies reflects not only the increased scope of their regulatory activities, but a greater ability to finance these activities from revenue sources that are less affected by Congressional spending limits, such as fees on the entities they regulate.”

Read more about the study here.

Journalists demand Obama ‘stop the spin’

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A group of nearly 40 professional journalist sent a letter to President Obama, asking that the federal government become more transparent in the rule-making process. The journalists suggested that federal agencies cannot be held accountable, unless they are opened to the press.

The letter notes, “Over the past two decades, public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees. This trend has been especially pronounced in the federal government. We consider these restrictions a form of censorship — an attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear.”

This has been an ongoing trend from the Administration to act without the appropriate accountability. It’s time Washington take the appropriate actions to restore trust in the federal government.

Read the entire letter here.

Delaware Business Leaders Featured In “Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations” Campaign

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

For Immediate Release                                        Contact:

Delaware Business Leaders Featured In “Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations” Campaign


DOVER, DE – March 5, 2014 –Delaware business owners Tim Boulden and David Lyons have been chosen by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to be featured in the Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations national video series.

Both men were also among 30 state business leaders who met Friday morning with U.S. Sen. Tom Carper to thank him for his stalwart leadership in Washington on the issue of regulatory reform and to urge him to advance balanced, sensible regulatory solutions in the months ahead that help small businesses.

Boulden is president of Boulden Brothers Propane, Boulden’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, and Boulden Brothers Plumbing headquartered in Newark. Lyons is president and CEO of the Lyons Companies, based in Wilmington.

Jessica Cooper, the NFIB state director for Delaware, said, “We are thrilled to have these exemplary Delaware small business owners showcased in our effort to have a national conversation about the broken federal regulatory process. With more than 90 years of combined experience creating jobs and running successful businesses in Delaware, Mr. Boulden and Mr. Lyons talk directly to the challenges posed by a regulatory process that places a greater emphasis on enforcement over compliance. We strongly believe that their stories will help more people realize that the regulatory process, as currently situated, benefits no one – neither the businesses trying to create jobs nor the public’s safety.”

Boulden said of his participation in the video, “It’s always been troubling to me that we only hear Washington lawmakers and the Administration talk about the concerns of small businesses during an election year.  To my 50 employees and their families who feel the burden the regulatory process places on my businesses, this is an issue that deserves year-round attention. Discussing the various common sense, bipartisan ways of improving the regulatory process is something that should always be on the agenda regardless of when the next election is taking place.”

Added Lyons, “Regulations are critical, but we can have a system in place that does things smarter and benefits everyone. I’ve seen how the current regulatory process has negatively affected entrepreneurs and also forced new start-ups to go about doing business in a different manner. There’s no reason we shouldn’t improve a regulatory process that both political parties agree needs to be modernized.”

Click here to watch Tim Boulden’s interview or here for David Lyons.

About Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations: Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations is a national effort focused on protecting small businesses and American jobs from the impacts of regulations recently proposed by the Obama administration. Learn more at http://www.sensibleregulations.org.


Delaware Businesses Leaders Discuss Partisanship in Washington and Federal Regulation with U.S. Sen. Tom Carper

Friday, 28 February 2014




FOR RELEASE: February 28, 2014
Emily Spain (Carper) (202) 224-2441 or [email protected]
Cheryl Corn (DSCC) (302) 576-6572 or [email protected]
Jack Mozloom (NFIB) (609) 989-8777      

Delaware Businesses Leaders Discuss Partisanship in Washington and Federal Regulation with U.S. Sen. Tom Carper 

WILMINGTON, Del. – More than 30 small business owners, manufacturers and community leaders met this morning with U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to discuss partisanship in Washington and federal regulation.

In a tour and business roundtable at Masley Enterprises in Wilmington, local business leaders shared their stories and offered input on the Affordable Care Act and how regulations could be issued, reviewed, and enforced to ensure worker and environmental protections while also enabling local businesses to grow and create jobs.  Sen. Carper and the participants also discussed the challenge of getting things done in an increasingly partisan Washington.

Senator Carper, the senior senator from Delaware, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, which oversees personnel and management issues across the federal government said, “One of the best parts of my job as a Senator is getting to meet regularly with my constituents to hear about the issues that are important to them and how I can be helpful.  Today’s conversation with local business leaders about the challenges and opportunities they face, and how my colleagues and I in Washington can help create a nurturing environment for job creation, was valuable and informative.  I have always believed that we don’t have to choose between having strong economic growth and strong regulations to protect our workers, our environment and our public health; we just need to strike the right balance between these important priorities by using some common sense. The Obama Administration has taken some meaningful steps to improve federal rule making to ensure that they are as efficient and effective as possible, but I always appreciate getting feedback from my constituents on what is working and where we can continue to improve our efforts. I think today’s conversation was helpful in that regard.

Richard Heffron, the interim president of the Delaware State Chamber, said “Our members aren’t looking to get rid of regulations; we just need a smarter regulatory process. We need a system that does a better job of anticipating the impact that a new rule will have on businesses and manufacturers before it is implemented. A streamlined process, with greater transparency, will give our job creators the freedom to reinvest and expand their operations. I appreciate Senator Carper’s willingness to meet with our members today.”

Added Tim Boulden, of Newark-based Boulden Brothers Plumbing, Propane, and Heating & Air Conditioning,  “The U.S. Small Business Administration’s study, ‘The Impact of Regulatory Costs on Small Firms,’ said the total annual cost of following the rules for a small business is $10,585 per employee, or about $2,830 more than a large business. That can be a huge burden.  The number of new and existing regulations we face every day  put a significant strain not only on me, but also the people I work with. I’d like to thank Senator Carper for meeting with us and listening to our concerns and our suggestions.” 

Jessica Cooper, the Delaware state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), talked about her organization’s focus on making sensible changes to the regulatory process.  “Regulations play a critical role in safeguarding our member businesses, their customers and the community at large,” Cooper said. “But increasingly, the regulatory process has been more of an impediment to businesses with more than 3,000 federal rules in the pipeline today. New rules are drafted without consideration or review of the compounded impacts with other regulations. We need to ensure that the government works with businesses of all kinds to better address their needs.”


U.S. Sen. Carper (D-Del.) meets with members of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

NAM and NFIB Call For Action to Modernize Regulatory Process

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

NAM and NFIB Call For Action to Modernize Regulatory Process

WASHINGTON (February 26, 2014) – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) are joining forces to urge for long-overdue reforms to the overly complex and inefficient federal regulatory process. The partnership was announced during a panel event on federal regulations this morning. During the course of the upcoming year, the two organizations will utilize the full weight of their grassroots networks in an effort to engage with Congress and the Administration on the need for regulatory improvements.

Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the NAM, said, “This is a strong and necessary partnership because manufacturers and small businesses face a disproportionate burden of all regulatory costs. While manufacturers recognize the need for regulation, the scope and complexity of rules have made it harder to do business and compete in recent years. This is a trend that simply cannot continue and is easily solved with several common-sense fixes. We can achieve a streamlined regulatory process with increased accountability and transparency that will protect businesses, manufacturers and the consumers.”

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner added, “Poll after poll indicates most Americans feel Washington is doing too much, too fast on regulations. Time and time again, we hear from our members about the complex regulatory climate and how, with a little more transparency and openness, the regulations would be more effective and work more efficiently for everyone. This is a bipartisan issue that Congress can rally behind and move quickly to address.”

This morning’s event, which included opening remarks by House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), fell during the House of Representative’s week-long focus on regulations. Panelists included former Virginia Gov. George Allen; former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR); Susan Dudley, the Director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA); Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen; and Philip Howard, author of The Death of Common Sense.

Navigating federal regulations continues to be one of the top problems facing small business owners and manufacturers. The regulatory process leaves businesses mired in uncertainty and spending precious time and money trying to navigate applicable regulatory requirements. This results in fewer resources being invested in hiring new employees or growing their business. In 2013 alone, business owners and manufacturers spent more than 67 million hours filling out paperwork at a cost to the economy of approximately $112 billion. And according to a study by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), compliance costs for manufacturers have increased an average of 7.6 percent per year since 1998, while manufacturing output has grown at an anemic 0.4 percent.

The NAM and NFIB intend to talk about how small businesses and manufacturers need regulations that are thoughtfully crafted, analyzed, implemented, and enforced to protect the public, workers and the environment as intended. Too often today, rules are drafted without input from the sectors responsible for implementing them and without a review of the compounded impacts with other regulations. More federal regulations are not always needed, and priority should be placed on reviewing and enforcing those already on the book.

East County Journal (WA): Countless regulations burden small businesses, stalling economic growth

Monday, 7 October 2013

The East County Journal (WA) last week featured coverage highlighting the negative impact that new federal regulations are having on small business owners in Washington state.  The article noted an August 28 press conference and roundtable discussion at Braun Northwest, a manufacturer of specialty emergency vehicles, in Chehalis, Washington, where small business owners expressed frustration over government rules and regulations that are preventing them from growing operations and creating new jobs.  NFIB-WA State Director Patrick Connor commented in the piece, “Our states regulatory climate are the top concern and burden in growing business and creating jobs in this state, small businesses are the ones that drive the economy.”

(Source:  The East County Journal (WA), “Countless regulations burden small businesses, stalling economic growth”, by Christina Crea, 10/4/13)

Bay Area – Citizen (TX): “3,500 federal regulations in the pipeline, 739 directly aimed at small businesses”

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Bay Area – Citizen featured a Letter to the Editor this morning from Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations coalition member Eric Donaldson.  Donaldson mentioned the difficulty he faces as a small business owner, without the benefit of valuable resources dedicated solely to compliance and paperwork, dealing with new government regulations.  Donaldson noted, “I run a small business. As the president and senior employee I have to occasionally fill the role of human relations supervisor, comptroller, treasurer, director of purchasing, marketing manager and, all too often, compliance officer…Unlike the army of Federal employees, I only have 24 hours in a day, and every one of those hours I have to spend with my accountant, my attorney, or my banker to deal with new regulations is an hour I am not spending growing my business and hiring more people.”

(Source:  Your Houston News, “Sensible Regulations for Small Businesses”, by Eric Donaldson, 10/3/13)

Former Senator Blanche on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Former Senator Blanche Lincoln appeared on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co. to discuss regulations and the economy.

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