Graves, Republican Leaders Introduce Resolution Protecting Small Businesses from Harmful EPA Regulations

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Washington, D.C. , Mar 2, 2010 | Alexandra Haynes ((202) 225-5821) | comments

House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) has joined Republican Leadership in introducing a Resolution of Disapproval on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon dioxide endangerment finding. 

The resolution (H.J.Res.77) would prevent the Administration from implementing job-killing regulations that could flow from this finding.  Such EPA rules could have a negative effect on productivity and job creation in all sectors of the U.S. economy, including family farms, small businesses and virtually any industry that needs energy to manufacture products. 

Ranking Member Graves stated:

“Small businesses are the engines of job creation in America, creating seven out of every ten private sector jobs in recent years.  In these difficult economic times, small business owners cannot afford to be tied down by costly regulations, red tape, and more bureaucracy. 

Now more than ever, the American people need the kinds of jobs that are created by our small businesses.  However, the rules and regulations that could be implemented as a result of the EPA endangerment finding will inhibit our economic recovery, drastically reduce productivity, and shut down job creation. 

We need to find alternate ways to preserve our environment without punishing the businesses that fuel our communities and feed our families.  This resolution would prevent EPA’s unwise policy from moving forward.   With high unemployment and our economy in distress, the Administration should focus solely on economic growth and job creation, not job-killing regulations.”

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