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Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is joining Club for Growth in calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to temporarily roll back costly business regulations in order to help the American economy recover from the Chinese coronavirus and government-initiated shutdowns. Tragically, these shutdowns have resulted in shuttered businesses and millions of citizens losing their jobs.

Spurred by the Club for Growth, the Cut Red Tape Coalition already includes many of the nation’s top conservative organizations and leaders, including Tea Party Patriots, Heritage Action, and FreedomWorks. Today, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility joined that list.

With employers and employees across Texas and America hurting as a result of the Chinese coronavirus and government-ordered shutdowns, it is more important than ever for President Donald Trump and Congress to lessen the weight of government on American businesses.

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is proud to stand alongside conservative allies in calling on the president and Congress to further enable the American people to engineer our economic recovery by cutting regulations and empowering citizens to get back to work.

TFR is also calling on U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), as well as the 36 members of the Texas congressional delegation, to take a leading role in facilitating these overdue reforms.

As part of the Cut Red Tape Coalition, Club for Growth has provided the following policy proposals in order to reignite the American economy and encourage a swifter recovery.

    1. Congress should immediately pass legislation providing for all Administrative agencies to waive any Federal Regulation that imposes a burden on American businesses, charities, educational institutions, and other employers.
      • In order to expedite the economic recovery, the legislation creates a means for the Administration to immediately suspend all regulations when doing so reduces costs, assists in economic recovery or increases private sector employment opportunities in the US.
      • Every Administrative agency shall be required within in one month to identify and suspend significant regulations that will reduce cost — both compliance costs and economic costs, assist in economic recovery, or increase employment in the American economy.
      • Upon approval by the President, such regulations (except those needed to protect human health and safety) shall be suspended until the President and Congress determine that the suspension is no longer needed to provide relief from the economic crisis.
      • Notice and Comment and other APA provisions shall not apply to the suspension of the regulations but shall apply to the re-establishment of the regulations.
    2. Congress should include in the legislation procedures for reinstating suspended regulations and any subsequent regulations that impose net costs on the economy.  These procedures should include APA notice and comment, as well as approval by Act of Congress signed by the President.
    3. The President should issue an Executive Order pursuant to his duty in Article II requiring each Administrative Agency to suspend all civil and criminal penalties for any violation of Federal regulations when the person has made a good faith effort to comply.  The Executive Order should apply to all agencies, including the so-called “Independent” Agencies.
    4. The Federal Government should simplify the permitting process for infrastructure projects, removing some environmental review requirements that can take years to complete, and allowing new infrastructure projects to pay competitive, market-set wages so that they can employ the maximum number of people.

 

TFR has also called on and will continue to demand Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and members of the Texas Legislature pursue similar cost-saving, pro-taxpayer reforms at the state level.