On July 26 the U.S. House of Representatives approved the so-called “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act” (H.R. 4078), a dangerous and irresponsible bill that would halt nearly all significant rulemaking by federal agencies until the nation’s unemployment rate drops to six percent. The bill would derail critical safeguards aimed at cleaning up our air and water, ensuring the safety of our children, protecting our wildlife and increasing the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks. The bill also contains measures that would unnecessarily gridlock the federal courts, wasting taxpayer resources and interfering with the ability of citizens to receive justice.
The following statement is from Sean Helle, legislative counsel for Earthjustice: