Posted by Randy | August 26, 2015
As it stands today, the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have the authority to hold building permit applications for building projects that do not have a committed "end-user” company. This has held up many projects, including some in the 4th District, which increases costs and mitigates the opportunities to attract small businesses and employers closer to the completion of the projects.
That is why I am supporting the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act, H.R. 3434, which prohibits the EPA or Corps from delaying these permits as long as the projects fulfill other legal requirements and environmental protections.
If we want our small businesses to grow and our Commonwealth to stay competitive, we need to have space for new investments to expand and develop.
Posted by Randy | August 03, 2015
Common sense is anything but common in Washington, DC.
These reforms make sense and will make a difference in Americans’ lives – they should be something we all can agree on.
Posted by Randy | July 29, 2015
There’s no question about it: Washington needs to change the way it does business – especially when it comes to our nation’s job creators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. The cost of complying with Washington’s complicated regulations is one of the biggest burdens on American small businesses and manufacturers. That doesn’t make sense to me. We should be doing everything we can to empower our nation’s job creators to grow, innovate, and push our country forward – not hamstringing them with bulky and burdensome bureaucracy.
Posted by Randy | July 28, 2015
Not all education can be effectively accomplished in a classroom. On-site technical training is invaluable in many industries, especially in the maritime and energy sectors. That’s why I am cosponsoring the Maritime and Energy Workforce Technical Training Enhancement Act, H.R. 2923, to establish maritime workforce training Centers of Excellence and support colleges’ efforts to expand maritime and energy workforce training programs, so our students are best equipped to succeed.
This bill is especially relevant to the 4th District because it prioritizes Centers of Excellence for colleges with existing partnerships with federal agencies or businesses in the public and private sector. One example of this is Tidewater Community College in Hampton Roads, which has one of the most robust Maritime Workforce and Training Simulation Programs on the East Coast, making it an ideal candidate for a Center of Excellence. I’m excited about the potential this provides for our students and our employers, and will continue to support initiatives that support our community colleges in the 4th District as they strive to provide critical educational and workforce training.
Posted by Randy | July 24, 2015
Transparency is the foundation of every efficient system – especially in government. That’s why I’m championing the ALERT Act (H.R. 1759), to require all federal agencies to provide detailed information about how much proposed regulations will cost and what impact they will have on American businesses – before the new regulation goes into effect. This does two things: it increases the accountability of these agencies and it minimizes the risk of new regulations harming our entrepreneurs and small business’ ability to create, compete, and succeed. The ALERT Act accomplishes these goals by:
1. Forcing federal agencies to give more detailed annual disclosures about planned regulations and their expected costs, final rules, and cumulative regulatory costs;
2. Requiring monthly, online updates on planned regulations and their expected costs, so that those who will be affected know in real-time how they can better plan for the impacts on their budgets, operations, and hiring; and
3. Preventing new regulations from taking effect unless the required disclosures are made during the 6 months preceding the regulations’ issuance.
Posted by Randy | May 18, 2015
A recent study by American Action Forum (AAF), an independent policy institute, provides some data-driven insight into the impact that regulatory cost burdens are having on the private sector.
To me, it simply doesn’t make sense. We want our small businesses to be growing, thriving, innovating, and creating value and jobs – so why cripple them with a back-breaking amount of regulations to comply with? That is not to say certain regulations are not necessary and beneficial – they are. But they must be streamlined, make sense, and be weighed against the impact they will have on our small business owners who were responsible for generating 60% to 80% of net new jobs created annually over the last decade.
That’s why I recently cosponsored a bill to require federal agencies to provide timely, detailed information about how much proposed regulations will cost and what impact they will have on businesses, families, and communities – before the regulation is allowed to go into effect. It’s commonsense.
Posted by Randy | April 01, 2015
It’s true there is a myriad of complex issues facing our nation, but there are also common sense action steps Congress can take right now, which shouldn’t be that difficult to agree on. Here are three things Washington needs to do to light up the economy and better support small businesses:
1) Streamline and cut back on unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations.
2) Create a tax system that is more fair, less complex, and allows American companies to stay competitive.
3) Get out of the way. Allow entrepreneurs the freedom to innovate, grow their businesses, and create jobs.
I’m working to reintroduce sanity and accountability to the regulation process, require federal agencies to consider the impact their rules will have on small business growth and job creation, and create a simpler, fairer tax code.
Posted by Randy | March 12, 2015
Small businesses are one of the greatest tools we have for lighting up the economy. That’s why I make it a priority to ease regulatory burdens, provide access to capital, and support small business growth. It’s why I cosponsored the REINS Act (H.R. 427), which reintroduces common sense into the regulatory process by requiring Congress to vote on all new major regulations before they are enforced on citizens and businesses. And it’s why I make it a point to regularly check in with small business owners across the 4th District and get their feedback, ideas, and insight on the challenges they’re facing.
Posted by Randy | September 29, 2014
Recently, the House of Representatives considered The Jobs for America Act, which is a package of bills supporting job creation through streamlining regulations, encouraging the hiring of American veterans, and providing relief for small businesses from Obamacare.
Some of the bills included are The REINS Act, (H.R. 367), which ensures that Congress votes on all new major regulations before they are enforced on citizens and businesses; The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, (H.R. 3086), which protects internet access for all Americans and fosters growth in the digital economy; and the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act, (H.R. 4457), which ensures small businesses have the certainty they need to grow their businesses and create jobs.
Government should be an enabler of economic growth, not a barrier.
Posted by Randy | September 19, 2014
This week, the House passed the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, (H.R. 5405) which reduces the regulatory burden on small businesses and spurs growth. It also includes several provisions to help emerging companies raise capital and grow.
By reducing the regulations crushing small businesses, we take a step towards freeing them up to light up our economy. It makes sense: real growth isn’t created by pulling a lever in Washington – real growth happens when our small businesses, innovators, and entrepreneurs have the ability and opportunity to create jobs, expand their companies, and push us forward.
I also cosponsored the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, (H.R. 367), which requires Congress to take an up-or-down vote on every new major rule issued by a Federal agency before it could be enforced on businesses and the American people. This ensures that the Executive Branch is being held accountable for the barrage of burdensome regulations being imposed on job creators. It’s common sense.
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