Floor Speech on The ALERRT Act/Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
I rise today in support of H.R. 2804, the ALERRT Act. This legislation represents an important effort to bring common sense and transparency to an out-of-control regulatory process that is stifling growth, especially among small businesses.
I am especially pleased that legislation which the Committee on Small Business worked on: H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, is incorporated into the ALERRT Act. I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte for working with our Committee on this title of the bill.
For over 30 years, agencies have been required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or RFA, to examine the impacts of regulations on small businesses. If those impacts are significant, agencies must consider less burdensome alternatives. However, agencies still fail to fully comply with the law. The result is unworkable regulations that put unnecessary burdens on America’s best job creators – small businesses.
In numerous hearings over the years, the Small Business Committee has heard about the consequences that burdensome regulations have on farmers, home builders, manufacturers and others. Instead of using their limited resources to grow and create jobs, small businesses have to spend more time and money on regulatory compliance and paperwork.
The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act will eliminate loopholes that agencies have used to avoid compliance with the RFA. Most importantly, it requires agencies to genuinely scrutinize the impacts of regulations on small businesses before they’re finalized.
Examining whether there are less burdensome or less costly ways to implement a regulation just makes common-sense. Reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens, frees up scarce time, money and resources that small businesses can use to expand their operations and hire new employees.
The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act is bipartisan legislation that has the strong support of the business community. It simply requires agencies to do their homework before they regulate. If agencies do their work, more Americans will be working.
I urge my colleagues to support the ALERRT Act. It will make the rulemaking process more transparent and reduce unnecessary barriers to job creation.