Removing obstacles to economic growth

Author: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. Representative Florida District 18
Published On: Jan 24 2012 02:03:33 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 24 2012 03:12:08 PM EST
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Voices

In the House of Representatives, I am working to remove obstacles to economic growth and private sector job creation. We must ease the regulatory burden on America’s job creators; reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses; and bring down our record national debt. I am committed to take every sensible step to help spur job creation and get our economy back on track so that Americans can do what they do best: create, innovate and lead.

The House has already passed over two-dozen pro-growth measures to address the jobs crisis. Unfortunately, almost every one of the jobs measures passed by the House to date is still awaiting action in the Senate.

We need to help America’s job creators compete in an increasingly global economy. Both parties must work together to help clear the way for long-term economic growth and help the private sector in producing the jobs that are needed for the future of our families.

To meet these goals:

I voted for The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act to provide a fully-offset extension of the current payroll tax rates, delay in the implementation of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (the so-called “Doc Fix”), and extend and reformed Unemployment Insurance benefits. (H.R. 3630)

I voted to protect producers of resource-based products, farmers and ranchers from increased regulation and provide their struggling industry with much needed certainty. (H.R. 1633)

I voted to increase accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process. Congress has excessively delegated its constitutional charge while failing to conduct appropriate oversight and retain accountability for the content of the laws it passes.  The REINS Act would result in improved regulatory process. (H.R. 10)

I voted to modernize the 65-year old Administrative Procedure Act and improve how federal agencies write the regulations that most significantly affect the U.S. economy. Regulations can be expensive and overwhelming for small businesses. Washington’s complex regulatory maze results in a per-employee regulatory cost to a small firm. Small businesses need regulatory reform that will ensure that future regulatory actions will accurately reflect a rule’s cost on the economy, and provide certainty that agencies will choose the least-costly regulatory option that meets statutory goals. (H.R. 3010)

I voted to require federal agencies to analyze fully the impact a new regulation would have on small businesses, before the agency adopts the regulation. (H.R. 527)

I voted to create a fair and equitable employment-based immigrant visas system. Under this system, US companies will be able to focus on what they do best – hiring smart people to create products, services, and jobs for Americans. (H.R. 3012)

I voted to protect employers and employees from ambush elections by the National Labor Relations Board. The bill guarantees that employees have an appropriate amount of time to decide if they want to join a union and protects an employee’s privacy by letting them decide how they wish to be contacted by the union. (H.R. 3094)

I voted to remove burdensome SEC restrictions which prevent crowdfunding, an innovative method of raising capital which allows a large number of individuals to pool their resources to fund businesses. Regulations have restricted the flow of capital to America’s job creators, and have piled more unnecessary stress on our already struggling economy. (H.R. 2930)

I voted to end uncertainty on how companies can go about seeking capital, making companies be proactive and search for possible investors other than going door-to-door. This change gives small businesses another way to access private capital by allowing them to widely seek funds from the entire pool of SEC accredited investors without requiring them to go through the full SEC registration process. (H.R. 2940)

I voted to improve small businesses’ access to capital by expanding equity financing options.  Capital formation is necessary for business expansion and job creation and sustained economic growth. (H.R. 1965)

I voted to raise the amount of money that a business can receive in a Regulation A public offering, the first increase in 20 years, providing regulatory relief for small businesses that sell shares of their company stock to increase capital. This bill provides small businesses with the option of raising more capital to expand and increase hiring of workers. (H.R. 1070)

I voted to provide the right balance between conservation and resources utilization by exchanging federal lands for privately-owned, high-priority conservation lands. This swap will also allow the private-sector to create and support new jobs while saving endangered species, sensitive ecosystems, recreational sites, and historic landmarks. (H.R. 1904)

I voted to develop enforceable electricity productionstandards that are the most effective and least burdensome. And that will achieve environmental goals without harming consumers and destroying jobs. (H.R. 2273)

I voted to save billions in compliance costs for industries and the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of American construction jobs. (H.R. 2681)

I voted to curb rules with major negative consequences for manufacturing and industrial facilities, universities, hospitals, commercial facilities, hotels, and municipal buildings.  This bill would mandate real-world achievability standards and impose the least burdensome regulatory alternatives (H.R. 2250)

I voted to establish an interagency committee to evaluate the economic impacts of regulations that would stifle job creation, hurt American economic competitiveness abroad, and increase energy prices on families.(H.R. 2401)

I voted for the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act to keep businesses flexible and able to develop opportunities for growth and job creation. (H.R. 2587)

I voted to create tens of thousands of good jobs and reduce our dependence on importing thousands of barrels of oil from unstable sources in the Middle East. (H.R. 1938)

I voted to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPD) and restore accountability, ensure impartial decision making, and prevent bureaucratic tunnel vision at an agency that wields enormous power over financial services and businesses. Small businesses and individuals rely on access to a wide range of credit instruments, and an unaccountable, unchecked CFPB would make it harder for job creators to borrow, hire, and expand. (H.R. 1315)

I voted to remove more barriers to economic growth and job creation through the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act - empowering states and reining in the burdensome regulatory agenda. (H.R. 2018)

I voted to pursue sensible energy reforms designed to increase the production of American-made energy, create jobs, and make America more secure and energy independent. (H.R. 2021)

I voted to safely end the de facto moratorium on offshore energy production. (H.R. 1229)

I voted to again cut $6.2 trillion in government spending in the Budget. (H.Con.Res. 34)

I voted to prevent a backdoor, cap-and-trade-style national energy tax and protect our economy from massive job losses and higher energy costs. (H.R. 910)

I voted to prevent a government takeover of the internet by the FCC. (H.J.Res. 37)

I voted to reduce overlapping and unnecessary regulation on farmers and small business owners. (H.R. 872)