The high-water mark of regulations are drowning American families and businesses alike, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who spoke today on the Senate floor. Enzi said the flood of regulations has been getting bigger every year for the past two and a half decades, under administrations from both parties, and we cannot afford to keep piling on these rules.
“The regulatory process is out of control, and not serving the needs of the American people. It’s hurting our economy, it’s hurting our communities, and it doesn’t make sense,” said Enzi.
Enzi said he has seen a willingness to force through an agenda regardless of Congressional intent or the will of the people, especially in our energy sector. According to Enzi, despite energy being one of the main drivers of our economy, this Administration is waging a regulatory war on coal, and this should concern anyone who uses electricity.
“I recently talked to sisters who were driving from Arizona to Wyoming,” said Enzi “They were running low on gas, so they stopped in Colorado to fill up. The power was out at the gas station, so they couldn’t pump gas or get a snack or use the restroom. All of those things – the gas pump, the cash register, the restroom lights – depend on electricity. Think of all the things around you that depend on electricity. And yet this Administration seems to want to do anything it can to drive up the cost of electricity.”
Senator Enzi said it was a simple fact that if coal is more expensive to mine, then the cost will be passed onto the consumers who will see a hit on their energy bills each month and more coal workers will lose their jobs and benefits.
Though President Obama’s Administration has issued more than 80 regulations that have a price tag of more than 100 million dollars, according to Enzi what is more disturbing is the president’s willingness to churn out more red tape by skirting the will of Congress by reinterpreting current law or through Executive Orders.
“Agencies are only supposed to create new rules when they have clear authority from Congress to do so and can demonstrate a real need for the regulations,” Enzi said.