Owens looks to remove regulations, help small businesses

"And we wrote to OSHA and said, 'give us the science behind this,'" Owens said. "If you're going to make a change like this that's going to increase cost, we want to know what the science is and we want to know what potential damage is being done to employees, and whether or not there's an alternative approach. OSHA then promptly withdrew the regulation."

Bob Blankenheim is vice president of operations and general manager of IntraPac. He commended Owens for taking a stand against unreasonable regulations, adding that the proposed rule by OSHA would have cost jobs in the 23rd district.

"The regulation proposed on noise levels would have been impossible for us to meet and would have put every job within our facility in jeopardy," he said.

More recently, Owens joined both Republicans and Democrats in calling upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to end a rule that classified milk spills in the same manner as oil spills. The EPA relented on the regulation.

Owens and other representatives also want the EPA to drop a proposal that would "over-regulate" waste oil produced by motorists performing their own oil changes.

Owens says reducing regulation and streamlining government will lead to more jobs.

"I look forward to hearing from local business leaders and farmers on this issue as we work together to create jobs and continue down the path of economic recovery," he said.

Similar outreach efforts led Owens to sponsor legislation repealing the 1099 reporting requirement included in last year's massive health care reform bill.

In New York's 20th Congressional District, Republican Chris Gibson is calling for the passage of the REINS Act, which would require an up-or-down vote in Congress in order to approve all major rules issued by federal agencies.

The legislation would require congressional approval for any proposed federal regulation resulting in an annual economic impact of more than $100 million.

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