Regulation

Club for Growth Applauds House Republicans for Using Congressional Review Act

Doug Sachtleben - January 31st, 2017

“It’s the beginning of the end for some of the worst and costliest Obama rules.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to the announcement by Speaker Paul Ryan that the House will use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to vote on five resolutions of disapproval this week:

“It’s the beginning of the end for some of the worst and costliest Obama rules,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “House Republicans are launching an effort that will be unquestionably pro-growth, by fending off the economic damage posed by these unnecessary federal rules. When I drafted the Congressional Review Act in 1996, it was my hope that it would become an essential part of Congress’ oversight of the Executive Branch. It’s great to see the CRA at the forefront of Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy’s response to the torrent of rules left behind by the Obama Administration. This week’s actions should be the beginning of dozens of CRA resolutions by House Republicans in the weeks ahead.”

Club for Growth Supports Two-For-One Regulatory Cuts

Doug Sachtleben - January 30th, 2017

“President Trump’s order is what it will take to finally tackle the federal regulatory beast.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to President Trump’s signing of an Executive Order calling for the elimination of two existing federal regulations for every new regulation that is issued:

“This is what it will take to finally tackle the federal regulatory beast,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The regulatory state has run amuck for decades. Now, the agencies and Congress have to get to work and take the lead on repealing costly Obama regulations, and stopping bad regulations in the future.”

Club for Growth Hopes Rick Perry Will Be Final Energy Secretary

Doug Sachtleben - December 13th, 2016

“Governor Perry has a prime opportunity to serve taxpayers by closing the doors at DOE.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy:

“Rick Perry will be a strong advocate for free-market energy policies, and the most important pro-growth step he could take at the Energy Department would be to fulfill his 2012 campaign pledge to eliminate it,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The DOE is little more than the government’s own venture capital firm for energy-related activities, and it’s time for the cronyism end. Governor Perry has a prime opportunity to serve taxpayers by closing its doors.”

 

Club for Growth Applauds Nomination of AG Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Doug Sachtleben - December 07th, 2016

“The EPA’s reign of regulatory malpractice is coming to an end.”

Washington, DC – Club for Growth president David McIntosh released the following statement in response to reports of President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency:

“The EPA’s reign of regulatory malpractice is coming to an end,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “The nomination of Scott Pruitt is a brilliant move by the president-elect, and one that will reap benefits for the American economy. Too often the EPA was the Obama Administration’s weapon of choice for crushing the private sector. We are confident that Scott Pruitt, who has done yeoman’s work in fighting EPA overreach, will restore the wise balance between necessary environmental protections and the operation of free-market industries that cause America to prosper.”

Why ‘Buy America’ isn’t good for Americans

Doug Sachtleben - December 06th, 2016

Published in Conservative Review  12/6/16

By David McIntosh

Americans love competition. When it’s time to buy a product or service we want choices that induce competition.

And when the buyer is the federal government — using our tax dollars — we definitely want the most bang for the buck. Like our president-elect showed in his business when he famously had Trump neckties manufactured overseas, the goal is to deliver the best product at the cheapest price. That’s what taxpayers want; do the job right … do it efficiently … and don’t waste money paying more because some federal bureaucrat wants to steer our dollars to a favored business or to pay off a favor. That’s called cronyism.Cronyism takes on a whole host of forms in Washington. This week it may be tucked in a five billion bill called the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), as Democrats are pushing hard for “Buy America” provisions in the bill.

For as patriotic as “Buy America” sounds, the truth is this: slapping “Buy America” mandates on federally-funded projects drives up costs, reduces competitiveness, and gives the federal government a green light to pick winners and losers among American businesses.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has estimated that forcing American companies to use only domestically-produced products for infrastructure jobs “will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent.” That means taxpayers are forced to pay at least another $250 million for every billion dollars of a federally-funded project.

The mandates also give a competitive advantage to some American companies over other American companies. Those that buy their raw materials internationally are likely to be shut out of the process. “Buy America” provisions are a classic example of protectionism and cronyism that protects and benefits certain firms and their employees, while shutting out others.

American businesses are also hurt when other countries retaliate against U.S. protectionism. Some of our largest trading partners have mounted efforts in the past to slow the flow of U.S. products into their countries, and have threatened to raise tariffs on products made by American companies to respond to our government’s “Buy America” protectionism. Again, while one sector of U.S. business is unfairly helped by such mandates, many others suddenly face new obstacles to their markets.

Competition and choice has been the true American way, and the federal government needs to stay out of the business of picking winners and punishing taxpayers. The WRDA legislation is costly enough without adding “Buy America” provisions.

The United States can compete with anyone. Tax reform and deregulation will make sure of that; not cronyism.