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Roe Acts to Protect East Tennesseans from Burdensome Regulations

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Washington, July 28, 2015 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) voted in support of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. The REINS Act would require agencies to submit major regulations to Congress for approval if they have an economic impact of $100 million or more.

The Congressman also signed on to a bipartisan letter, led by Reps. Bob Latta (R-OH) and Gene Green (D-TX), to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raising concerns about the new ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). A copy of the letter can be found here. Many state and local officials in Tennessee have spoken out about these new proposed standards. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, as many as 88 of the 95 counties in Tennessee could be found non-complaint under these new rules, costing Tennessee 13,575 jobs and $32 billion in gross state revenue from 2017 to 2040. 

Roe released the following statement:

“President Obama’s administration has issued an average of 81 major regulations each year he’s been president. Whether it’s implementing Cap and Tax through regulation, threatening to regulate farm dust or pushing non-attainable air quality standards, the president has proven time and time again he has no problem circumventing Congress and pushing his regulatory agenda, no matter its impact on jobs and economic growth. In 2012, the federal government set a new record for regulatory costs, and those costs have impacted Tennessee directly. This simple bill would require Congress vote on sweeping regulations and I am proud to support the REINS Act. I am also proud to join Reps. Latta and Green in requesting the EPA complete implementation of existing ozone standards before pushing new and unnecessary regulations.”

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