Republicans and Obama Work Together with Regards to Job-Killing Regulations
Last month President Obama ordered a review of government regulations to find out if there are rules that affect jobs for Americans. But even before the order came, Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have sent letters to several trade associations and businesses. He asked them to identify existing and proposed regulations that might have a negative impact on job growth.
One example is the administration’s proposal to protect streams from coal mining. The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation estimates that at least 7,000 from the industry’s 81,000 jobs will be taken away.
Representative Issa reported that businesses and trade associations want to change or take out at least 100 regulations. Majority of the regulations are related to the environment. Other regulations are concerned with the governing financial rules, transportation and the workplace.
It looks like President Obama and Issa are seeing eye-to-eye regarding this issue even if the congressman once called the president as one of the most corrupt presidents. Representative Issa later clarified that what he meant was wasteful spending and not criminal corruption.
As the 2012 election is approaching, the issue takes on traditional political divisions. The Republicans want EPA Secretary Lisa Jackson out of office as she tries to implement stricter air pollution standards. Issa states that he’s trying to help the Obama administration get a more complete view of the regulations and proposals.