Tipton Votes to Stop Government Abuse

Tipton Votes to Stop Government Abuse

WASHINGTON –Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted today to rein in the federal government’s overreach and put in place safeguards to protect the American people from government abuse.  Prior to today’s votes, Tipton spoke in support of the good government package on the House floor.

Watch Tipton on the House floor here.

Transcript of Tipton’s remarks:

The President is giving speeches for his plan for economic growth. His economic plan is to grow government, regulate more, spend more and tax more.

His speeches will not create jobs. The economy doesn’t improve when the Administration piles on tens of thousands of pages of costly new regulations. Families don’t thrive when the only jobs they can find are part-time because Obamacare’s onerous mandates are forcing employers to cut back on hours in order to keep their doors open. This Administration’s oppressive regulations cost small businesses an average of $10,585 per employee.

To create jobs and jumpstart the economy we must pull back unnecessary and punitive regulations, hold the bureaucracy accountable, shrink the size of government, and reward rather than punish success.

This week we are voting to stop government overreach, to stand up for the American people, and give them a fighting chance to succeed—to have access to a fair, affordable and effective healthcare system and not have to worry about the federal government increasing the burden on their lives, abusing power, stunting economic growth, and putting their jobs at risk. The American people need this response.

The good government legislation that passed in the House today with Congressman Tipton’s support included H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS), and H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS off Your Health Care Act.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has come under fire for numerous abuses of power including targeting Americans based on their political beliefs for audits to stifle free speech, will play an extensive role in the implementation of Obamacare, with a role in as many as 50 areas of the law. H.R. 2009 would prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any of the President’s healthcare law.

Every year, federal agencies issue dozens of regulations that have an economic impact of more than $100 million, significantly adding to the burden of businesses and families and stunting economic growth. H.R. 367 would require Congressional approval of any regulation that costs over $100 million, providing oversight of agency decisions that can have a significant impact on the economy and cost jobs.

Facts on Regulation:

  • $10,585: The average annual cost of regulation per employee for small businesses according to the Small Business Administration.
  • 131: The number of major regulatory actions imposed during the President’s first four years in office at a cost of $70 billion.
  • $23.5 billion: The new annual regulatory cost added in 2012 alone.