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Gibson votes to identify, remove onerous regulations

Congressman Chris Gibson voted for a measure last week that aims to assess the effects of federal regulations on jobs and economic growth.

According to Gibson's staff, the resolution had widespread bipartisan support, passing the House of Representatives by a vote of 391-28.

Gibson says economic growth relies heavily on eliminating overbearing and onerous regulations.

"The simple fact is federal regulations have increased the cost of doing business and destroyed jobs," he said.

The Republican from Kinderhook says he's spoken with small business owners and farmers from across New York's 20th Congressional District - he says a constant theme in those discussions is the damaging effect of too much regulation.

"We need to apply some common sense to the regulatory power of federal agencies," Gibson said, noting that he believes last week's resolution is an "excellent first step."

According to Gibson, the resolution directs standing committees in Congress to "inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders" from federal agencies as they pertain to issues like job creation and economic growth.

Speaking on the House floor last week, Gibson used the example of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation that would treat spilled milk the same as an oil spill.

That regulation, Gibson says, leads directly to additional costs for dairy farmers.

Gibson also points to a recent study conducted by the Heritage Foundation that shows 43 major regulations imposed in fiscal year 2010 led to an economic cost of $26.5 billion.

Meanwhile, Gibson is co-sponsoring the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act. The legislation, Gibson says, aims to require an up-or-down vote in Congress on all major rules issued by federal agencies.

Gibson notes the bill wouldn't require congressional approval of all rules and regulations - just those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more.

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