WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of several measures to stop government abuse:
“House Republicans are committed to holding the Obama Administration accountable for circumventing Congress and the constitutional lawmaking process. The Administration’s abuse of power and excessive regulation stifles job creation, weakens our economy, and threatens Americans’ trust in our government.
“Currently, total regulatory burden costs Americans nearly $1.8 trillion per year. In 2013 alone, new federal regulations added $112 billion in indirect costs to the economy and increased the paperwork burden by 157.9 million hours. This massive burden of regulation is harming families and small businesses across our country. Yet, at the end of 2013, the Obama Administration was considering the implementation of 4,000 new federal regulations.
“Americans need jobs, not more Washington bureaucracy. That is why I proudly supported several common-sense bills this week aimed at rolling back red tape, reining in an out-of-control bureaucracy, and increasing much-needed transparency and accountability. By getting Washington out of the way, we can allow the free-enterprise system to flourish and give the American people the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.”