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Harry Reid’s Senate kills vote on bill to save farmers $Billions

October 31, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the Democrat-controlled Senate’s failure to take action on the bipartisan Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 872) – one of the “forgotten 15” House-passed jobs bills – which would have prevented costly and duplicative regulations on farmers, ranchers, and job creators from taking effect today:

“Costly and unnecessary government regulations taking effect today are a sad example of what happens when the Democrats running Washington refuse to work with us to eliminate barriers to job growth. The House passed the bipartisan Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act several months ago but Senate Democrats didn’t act. Now, American farmers, ranchers, and small businesses are facing more government bureaucracy and more costly paperwork because of their inaction.

“While it’s disappointing this deadline passed, the Senate can still act – on this and at least 15 other House-passed jobs bills that remove government barriers to job growth. The last thing we need with millions of Americans out of work – and the unemployment rate well above what the administration promised if the ‘stimulus’ were enacted – is for Washington to saddle small businesses with more red tape, higher taxes, or more government debt. I hope the Democrat-controlled Senate will act quickly so we can stop these and other excessive regulations from destroying even more American jobs.”

NOTE: According to the House Agriculture Committee, “a misguided court order” from 2009 that imposes a substantial burden” and “costly requirements” on farmers, ranchers, and small business job creators will be implemented today. To prevent this court order from taking effect, the House passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 872) in March with the support of 57 House Democrats — about one-third of their caucus. Read more about this bipartisan legislation here, and learn more about the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators

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