Robert Hurt: TRAIN ACT helps get the economy on the right track

With unemployment remaining unacceptably high across the 5th District and the country, the U.S House of Representatives has focused on promoting pro-growth policies that would remove the federal government as a barrier to job creation and help get our economy back on track.

To that end, the House took action last week and passed another bipartisan bill that would rein in the job-destroying regulatory agenda that has been imposed by the Administration, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency.

H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act would require the examination of the cumulative economic impact of more than a dozen EPA regulations in an effort to better understand how these policies affect American manufacturing, global competitiveness, energy prices, and jobs.

Analyzing and measuring the overall economic impact of environmental regulations put in place by the EPA is a commonsense process and will help ensure that our small businesses, farmers, and job creators are not overburdened with unnecessary, costly regulations at a time when they can least afford it.

As a part of the House’s jobs agenda, the TRAIN Act is another step in our continued efforts to reduce the crushing regulatory burden that stifles job growth and help restore economic certainty to the marketplace to provide our true job creators with the confidence, freedom, and opportunity necessary to grow their businesses and put people back to work.

Another piece of legislation that is advancing as a part of the House’s jobs and regulatory relief agenda is H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation and Prevention Act, which I co-authored with Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD).  H.R. 1633 is a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the EPA from burdening farmers and small business owners in rural America with additional dust regulations.

I am glad to see that support and momentum continue to grow for H.R. 1633 and that Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) has introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

It is my hope that the Senate will take quick action on these bills that will reduce unnecessary regulations as well as on the dozens of other commonsense, House-passed jobs bills that currently remained stalled in the Senate so that we can move our economy forward and get Americans working again.

If you need any additional information on these or any other issues, please visit my website at or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.

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