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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House approval of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which included his amendment requiring analysis on the impact of government regulations on jobs.  Sessions’ amendment with Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL), Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), and Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) passed the House by a voice vote.

“I was pleased to join my colleagues Andy Barr, Rodney Davis, and Brad Wenstrup on the House floor to offer our jobs amendment to the REINS Act,” said Sessions. “We discussed how onerous rules from the Administration’s war on coal and mandates from ObamaCare ignore the real-world impacts that they have on families and small businesses in our districts.”

“Agencies like the EPA, HHS, and Department of Education hand down new regulations with little regard for real world impacts,” said Congressman Brad Wenstrup. “These bureaucrats do not care if jobs are lost, as long as their rules are enforced. This amendment further protects real word businesses from bureaucrats who are often far removed from everyday economic realities.”

"I was glad to work with Congressman Sessions on this important jobs amendment because in my home state of Kentucky, we have lost 5,700 coal-industry jobs as a result of this administration's overzealous overregulation of our coal industry," said Congressman Andy Barr.  "This amendment will hold unelected bureaucrats accountable and require administrative agencies to fully analyze the impact proposed regulations will have on jobs."

“Our common-sense amendment strengthens the REINS Act and requires a thorough analysis of the impact of government regulations on jobs in both the public and private sector,” concluded Sessions. “American families and small businesses deserve better than an onslaught of burdensome red tape from unaccountable Washington bureaucrats.”

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