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Dennis A. Ross

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Ross Votes to Limit Outdated, Burdensome Regulations on Small Businesses and Families

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Washington, March 1, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C., Mar. 1, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 998, Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2017:

We must reduce the ineffective and intrusive federal regulations holding back our nation’s economic opportunity, which is why I led the SCRUB Act’s Floor debate and voted for its passage today.

“Throughout my district and across the State of Florida, job creators tell me that complying with costly, burdensome regulations keeps them from hiring more employees and expanding. Washington’s excessive meddling hurts economic growth and job creation. The purpose of the SCRUB Act is to require a full evaluation of the nearly 200,000 pages of the Federal Register and identify outdated and ineffective regulations for removal. Such streamlining will lessen regulatory burdens on small businesses and give them the freedom to innovate and grow.

“According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses spend an average of $20,000 per employee each year to comply with federal regulations. This costs Americans more than $2 trillion in lost economic growth each year, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. These expenses are not borne by businesses alone; the Competitive Enterprise Institute found that for each household in America, the price tag of regulation is more than $15,000.

America is filled with some of the most innovative and creative people who showcase the entrepreneurial spirit needed to keep our economy running and growing. We need to provide them the tools and freedom to expand on this spirit and allow small businesses and American families to prosper.”


The federal government developed the current regulatory environment more than 140 years, and since, layers and layers of regulations have been tacked on and rarely removed from the books. Studies show that regulatory accumulation slows economic growth by an average of two percent annually. The Code of Federal Regulations now contains more than one million regulatory restrictions, and an average of nearly 12,000 new restrictions are added each year.

The SCRUB Act establishes a bipartisan, fair mechanism for pulling back the layers of regulatory accumulation and getting rid of outdated, burdensome and unnecessary regulations. This mechanism, the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, will identify old, inane and costly rules that unnecessarily hinder economic growth. 

The Commission will identify which regulations are so egregious and ineffective that they should be repealed immediately and which regulations should undergo the more flexible cut-go procedures prescribed by the bill. Federal agencies are only required to abide by the Commission’s recommendations if Congress enacts a joint resolution of approval.



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