The REINS Act (H.R. 427), which would require Congressional review and approval for any proposed regulation with an economic impact of more than $100 million per year. Currently, American small businesses spend roughly $10,500 per employee to comply with federal regulation, with an overall regulatory burden of around $1.75 trillion annually. I was pleased to coauthor this bill to reduce federal spending and regulations.
As a staunch fiscal conservative, I have strenuously opposed spending increases regardless of who has occupied the Oval Office.
I voted against $2.3 trillion in new spending during the Bush Administration, including:
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program – $1.2 trillion over 10 years
2008 TARP Bailout – $ 787 Billion
2002 Farm Bill – $104 Billion
No Child Left Behind – $24.4 Billion in NCLB-tied funding
To date, I've voted against $7 trillion in new spending during the Obama Administration, including:
H.R. 3590- Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act- $1.3 trillion
H.R. 1- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus) - $787 billion
H.R. 4173- Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill- $10.2 billion
H.R. 5297- Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 - $3.371 billion
REINING IN EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS:
I've been working with my conservative colleagues to use appropriations bills to rein in excessive government regulations. A few examples:
Social Cost of Carbon is a tax on businesses that the current administration has been trying to use in hundreds of regulations. In last year’s CRomnibus, I secured appropriations language prohibiting any regulations using the Social Cost of Carbon from being finalized until public comments have been reviewed and changes/updates to technical support document have been made. This language was included in the Financial Services bill so that it applies government-wide as well as in the Interior and in the Energy and Water bills.
The administration’s attempt to expand the definition of the Clean Water Act is another example of regulatory overreach we have addressed with the appropriations bills. The administration’s proposal would allow the Corps and the EPA to implement that larget expansion of the Clean Water Act since it was enacted in 1972. Without language that House conservatives included in the Energy and Water appropriations bill, the administration would have been able to bring nearly every body of water- from irrigation canals to season mud puddles- under the unlimited jurisdiction of the federal government
REINING IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:
I’ve been working with my conservative colleagues to use the power of the purse to rein in the Obama Administration:
Last Congress, I chaired the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee. It was an honor to work on behalf of our nation’s veterans. Congress told the VA in 2008 to develop an interoperable electronic health record system so that veteran’s medical records could be easily read by both doctors in Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VA and DOD did not do it.
So, I “fenced off” $70 million in funding until the Administration did what Congress had been telling them to do for years. It worked. By the end of June, they had made more progress in developing an interoperable electronic health care record than they have in years.
DEFUNDING LIBERAL PRIORITIES
I’ve been working with conservative colleagues to use appropriations bills to decrease funding the administration’s priorities. A few examples:
Last year’s Financial Services appropriations bill reduces funding for the IRS by more than $341 million, and includes provisions that will prevent future targeting of taxpayers by IRS employees.
It also prohibits the IRS from using your hard-earned tax dollars to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization pursuant to a request from the White House
In 2010, the House Republicans instituted an earmark moratorium. An “earmark” is money that an individual Member of Congress requests for an individual project. Banning earmarks does not reduce federal spending. All it does is leave decisions on how to spend your tax dollars to unelected bureaucrats in backrooms of federal agencies. I support an open and transparent earmark process in order to ensure that tax payer dollars are being spent responsibly on worthwhile public projects. To see the appropriations projects I have submitted and received funding for since I was elected to Congress, please select the links below.