In the House of Representatives, 245 members recently voted
in support of small businesses everywhere by passing H.R. 4078, the Red Tape
Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act.
The bill is a comprehensive regulatory reform bill that streamlines the
time consuming rulemaking and permitting process, brings transparency to rules
issued by federal agencies, and prohibits agencies from issuing a cascade of
regulations when a change in administrations occurs. The
bill would also create a process to give the public the meaningful voice it is
supposed to have in the rulemaking process.
Thirteen Democrats joined House Republicans in supporting H.R. 4078 in
the July 26 floor vote.
MRAA believes this is the first step on our road to making
government more transparent and to simplify the rulemaking system that has been
growing more complicated at a rapid rate for many years. H.R. 4078 is the first attempt by Congress to
pass regulatory reform to reduce the crushing burden on small businesses for
many years. MRAA also believes it is a
positive step to help jump start our economy.
As a reminder, MRAA submitted testimony in July before the
House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations
on "Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations Are Affecting Todays Maritime
Businesses.” MRAA has been told marine
retailers, including marina operators and boat dealers, spend about $48,000 per
year of unbillable time at current labor rates complying with federal
regulations. This represents about 500
hours. Most of the time is spent on
inspections, record keeping and outside consultant fees. Federal paperwork reduction is one of the highest priority topics on MRAA's legislative agenda.
MRAA asks the Senate to swiftly follow the House lead on
this bill and pass a companion bill before the end of the year.