Victims' Rights Caucus


WASHINGTON, April 11 -


Madam Speaker,

The regulators continue their reign of regulation terror on businesses across America.

Jerry McKinney, from Crosby, Texas, wrote me this:

I work in the industrial chemical business and I see the result of government regulations l  like those from the EPA.  These cost my company good money, with no positive effects.

Larry, a doctor from Kingwood, Texas, said this to me:

Small businesses need relief from the ridiculous OSHA standards. Our veterinary practice is having to spend hours and money trying to decipher all the regulations some bureaucrat has dreamed up to justify his job.

Madam Speaker, the fourth branch of government meddles in every aspect of our lives. In the name of saving us from ourselves, the regulators regulate, regulate, and when theyíre through, they regulate some more, without regard to the consequences of these expensive government mandates. Sometimes they put businesses out of business because of their regulations.

Dana, from southeast Texas, writes me this:

I owned a business ñ bought a bowling center, my dream job in 2007. Was totally unprepared for the amount of regulation and fees and taxes. I employed 32 people. I went bankrupt in October of 2012 because of this. I have the drive and desire and a great business plan for a new business that would employ 20 to 30 people, but Iím not sure I want to dive back into all this.

Michael, from Houston, said:

Where should I begin? Real estate market is flooded with, yes, new regulations. It seems that banks are prevented from foreclosing on homeowners who are basically living in the house for free for several years.

Susan, a small business owner in Texas, says this:

            Our small business has operated on a shoestring for several years, and we started way back in 1978, but I fear we are at an end. We manufacture 400 products, all made from the same materials. But the new product safety regulations require we certify every product to the tune of about $500 per product, even though theyíre all made from the same materials. Do the math: $175,000 or more just to get these same products that weíve been making since 1978 certified by the Federal Government. Add on the health care fines and the rising cost of gasoline and the rising property sales and sales taxes and income taxes ñ well, you know the rest of the story.

Madam Speaker, this ought not to be ñ regulators putting businesses out of business by dream