Today in Washington, the Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate for the month of November lowered to 8.6%. While any increase in employment is welcome news for North Texas and all Americans, our nation’s unemployment rate is still alarmingly high. Today’s unemployment report underscores what the American people already know: the President’s economic policies have failed and we must change directions in Washington to get Americans back to work.
Today the House passed its 25th pro-growth bill from the House Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators. I urge the Democrat-controlled Senate to take immediate action on these bills that will help job creators across the country regain confidence in our economy so that they can invest, innovate and hire more workers. The American people need real job-creating solutions – not unsustainable government spending – so that they can provide for their families and achieve the American Dream. I will continue to fight for common-sense bills that will change the long-term fiscal trajectory of our country and ensure a brighter future for generations to come. To track the bills passed in the House, visit http://majorityleader.house.gov/jobstracker.
Reducing Regulatory Burdens
This week, the House passed two bills to rein in unnecessary government regulations and reduce the burden on our nation’s employers. By minimizing excessive regulations, American entrepreneurs will have greater opportunity to innovate and thrive.
On Thursday, the House approved the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act which would close loopholes to ensure that government agencies analyze the effect new regulations would have on small businesses. The bill would also enhance current regulatory law by strengthening judicial review of an agency’s compliance, requiring agencies to examine not only a new regulation’s direct impact on small businesses but its indirect impact as well.
Similarly, the House approved the Regulatory Accountability Act on Friday which would amend the Administrative Procedure Act to include strong cost-benefit, transparency and accountability requirements. It would require agencies to assess the costs and benefits of regulatory alternatives and would increase the transparency of the rulemaking process with more advance notices of proposed rulemaking and more opportunities for public comment.
I am encouraged by these two measures that would allow our nation’s job creators to succeed and get Americans back in the work place. We must reduce over-regulation on small businesses to get our economy back on track.
Supporting our Troops
As our nation celebrates this holiday season, we must not forget to give gratitude to the men and women of the United States Military who sacrifice daily for the safety of our nation.
The Department of Defense Community Relation’s website is a great resource for finding ways to support our troops. This site provides an abundance of information on how you, your family and friends can support our nation’s servicemen and women by sending care packages and writing thank you letters.