October 3rd, 2011
10:23 AM ET

GOP pushes Obama on industry regulations

House Republicans tried to seize the political upper hand in the job-creation debate Monday, urging President Barack Obama to support GOP-sponsored legislation designed to ease industry burdens imposed by environmental regulations, among other things.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent a letter to the president noting that the Republican-controlled House is scheduled to consider two bills - an "EPA Regulatory Relief Act" requiring authorities to reissue certain rules in a "less burdensome manner," and a "Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act" requiring regulators to reconsider rules affecting an industry critical to new construction.

"The federal government has a responsibility under the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce, and there are reasonable regulations that protect our children and help keep our environment clean," Boehner said in the letter.

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  1. Bermille

    As I have said since I was about 12 years old, republicans will not be happy until people are dying in the street.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Sure, ease up on those regulations in place to protect the public from big-industry poison and pollution.
    All to keep protecting their lovers, big business.
    They should be ashamed of themselves,
    I agree with you, Bermille.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tee

    Give em Hell, President Obama. As a matter of fact don't give them a damn thing. They should be ashamed of themselves. Even if I were a Republican I would find it hard to vote for anybody in the GOP. Mr. President you have been more than fair, it's your turn now.

    October 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chumlee

    Anyone who goes to a tanning shop has not one clue as to environmental responsibility – yes, Boehner – you
    have not a clue.

    Do not let these idiots change environmental laws that are meant to protect Americans. Obviously, Boehner and
    his pals like to take the cash, while our planet is being destroyed due to their recklessness.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    Another thread on this blog reiterates that the ozone hole above the Arctic is indeed there & has not diminished! And still the GOP-TP want to Deregulate? In the last 30 years, even with regulations in place, the incidents of respiratory illnesses for young & old has skyrockeded! The reason bottled water is such big biz is because people can't drink their municipal water, especially from waterways that were deregulated on Bush's watch! Part of this is Perry's doing, I'm afraid, because we have alot of grandfathered industry here that were supposed to comlpy on their own & haven't! Now he's begging Obama for more time, while TX. has some of the worst air quality in the land! To deregulate cement is to ask for crumbling foundations in a few years time! But as banasy & Bermille pointed out: they don't care! This is all about $$ & big biz & what it can do for their own benefit! Not for the benefit of 300 million humans! That's it!!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CSM

    If you have no planet, then you will automatically have no economy to protect and "create jobs." ENVIRONMENT FIRST!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BKR

    I'm wondering if the real terriost community isn't the current leadership amoung the republican party. They would like the United States to become the next China..lets see, we all work for a little bit of nothing and live next to toxic waste dumps all the while the their buddies at the top get richer and richer. Dumb *** speaker of the house just threw Obama a bone, he should run with it and show exactly what the republicans stand for.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Sad how these corporate relief acts can get written and set for a vote instantly while no jobs bills will ever appear out of the Republican leadership. And, NO, the majority of the American people don't belive this will result in businesses having money to create jobs. That lie won't fly anymore. Mr. President give them nothing until they work with you because as sure as the sun rises in the east they will take what they can get and give nothing in return.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. petercha

    Eliminating the current ridiculous level of extreme over-regulation of business, especially in the environmental area, would be the best way to boost job creation. But of course, anti-business extreme liberals wouldn't hear of it.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anomic Office Drone

    There is a difference between necessary and unnecessary regulation, but the GOP is hard to listen to on this topic because they consistently oppose all regulation. How about this: the GOP claims to be the party of job creation, so how about a jobs bill?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jordan scene©

    Yay further deregulate big business! This will boost profits in the areas where they can cut corners and in turn result in more jobs! That's how this is supposed to work right? In the mean time businesses can also cut costs on inspections and such. Great for everybody! /end sarcasm.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Iolani

    Boehner the profaner is a common drunk and a liar.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    "Eliminating the current ridiculous level of extreme over-regulation of business, especially in the environmental area, would be the best way to boost job creation".
    *How*? HOW is getting rid of all of the regulations that protect us from poisoned air, poisoned water, and poisoned earth going to CREATE job? Are you nuts???
    I am not a rabid liberal, but I do like my air breathable, and my water drinkable.
    Unless you are thinking about all of the jobs that will be created to supply us with breathing apparatuses; unfortunately, most of the people needed will be dying from one cancer or another!
    Yeah, deregulate everything so we can all devolve into the 1800's again...
    I'll bet you just toss your garbage out the window when you drive down the road, too, don't you?

    October 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Soon we'll have to breathe our air from a mask, & soon we'll have to drink our water from a flask, What's been comforting me will be killing you! Lyrics By F.Viking/T. Poole 1984

    October 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Well teeerific romper room is back in session! Does life get any better than this? Wonder who wrote that letter for crybaby? & banasy, hate 2 tell ya girl l thing i learned over the past month...We all have cancer cells already 🙁 probably from pesticides

    October 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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