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House Takes Steps to Reduce Federal Regulations on Small Businesses

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Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported legislation today that will help reduce the uncertainty plaguing our economy as a result of the Obama Administration’s excessive regulatory rule writing.  H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act passed the House with a final vote of 245-172. “I have been stunned by the volume of regulations promulgated by the…

Simpson Supports Lower Taxes for Small Businesses

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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 9, the Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2012, which allows businesses with fewer than 500 employees to reduce their profit subject to taxation by 20% in the 2012 tax year.  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson supported the measure, which passed with a final vote of 235-173. Small businesses currently face up to an astounding 35% federal…

Simpson Supports Time-Out for EPA Regulations

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“Like many Idahoans, I am deeply concerned that the EPA has drastically expanded its regulatory authority,” said Simpson. “By pumping out new regulations every week, the Obama Administration is using the EPA to force on the American people an extreme environmental agenda that is hurting our fragile economy.”

House Passes Bill to Reduce Regulatory Burden

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“Congress never intended for pesticide applications that are already regulated under FIFRA to also require permits under the Clean Water Act. Yet because the court did not interpret congressional intent correctly, we must act now to ensure that farmers, ranchers, and forest managers—as well as mosquito abatement districts and local governments—won’t face unnecessary and duplicative regulations that would make it more difficult to do their jobs,” said Congressman Simpson during debate on the bill last night. “Everyone here supports protecting our water supply from polluters who are acting in violation of our nation’s environmental laws and regulations. But adding another layer of regulation by requiring NPDS permits for application of these pesticides doesn’t make them safer—it only piles unnecessary paperwork on top of day-to-day operations for small businesses, farmers, and local governments.”