Key Vote Alert: Support CRA Disapprovals of Job-Killing Regulations
This week the Senate will have a real opportunity to improve the nation’s jobs outlook. On behalf of 1.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to support S.J.Res. 6 and S.J.Res. 27, the Senate’s disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) so-called net neutrality regulations and the cross-state air pollution (CSAPR) rules. Both of these regulations represent a hyperactive bureaucracy intent on expanding its authority far beyond Congressional intent, no matter the cost to the economy.
I urge you to vote YES on both S.J.Res. 6 and S.J.Res. 27, the Senate’s disapproval of two job-killing regulations. AFP will rate these votes together in our congressional ratings.
The Small Business Administration has estimated that it cost American businesses $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations in 2008. Despite this huge drag on the economy, President Obama’s agencies are moving forward with hundreds more rules, in many cases without direction from legislators. In the face of this regulatory overreach, Congress’s Congressional Review Act (CRA) authority is an important check on overzealous bureaucrats.
In the coming days the Senate will get a chance to exercise its CRA authority twice:
- The FCC’s net neutrality regulations will end the free and open Internet, with one study estimating a resulting destruction of up to 200,000 jobs. The FCC is overstepping its authority by using old statutes to regulate a new technology: Congress has not directed the FCC to regulate the internet, yet the agency is intent on moving forward anyways, despite a Court ruling rejecting the agency’s scheme. Even Senator Snowe, a proponent of net neutrality regulations, agrees this is a mistake and plans to support S.J. 6.
- The CSAPR rules require 28 states to reduce power plant emissions that can cross state lines. States have as little as six months to comply, even though it takes up to three years to order and install the pollution-abatement technology. News reports indicate that 18 coal-fired power plants will close, taking enough electricity off the grid to power a million homes. It has also been reported that some senators may offer bills to delay CSAPR’s implementation. This is a blatant attempt to detract from the urgency of this week’s CRA vote. The last thing our economy needs is more uncertainty. The time has come for senators to vote on whether they want to rein in EPA regulations.
Director of Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity