Partisan Politics in Full Force at House Hearing
A house hearing on eliminating federal regulations has turned into a partisan affair when Republicans stated that laws result into unemployment while the Democrats said that the laws are there to protect the environment, public health and national security.
Hearing witness Cass Sunstein, chief regulatory official, claimed that the laws are created to protect the economy and the public. It is only implemented after considering the benefits against the total costs. He added that job creation is the priority based on President Obama’s recent executive order to review every government regulations.
The hearing session by the Energy and Commerce investigative subcommittee emphasized the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats. The GOP House members confronted Sunstein about several rules, making it clear to the administration that they are scrutinizing each step the federal government takes.
Republican Representative Cliff Stearns of Florida, head of the investigations panel, accused the Obama administration of rushing to regulate and basing the decisions on political correctness even though the regulations result into jobs lost.
The Democrats rebutted that there were instances in the past where in the lack of effective regulation led to problems. Examples are the 2008 financial crisis and the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill.