July 20, 2018 – Are You Tired of Winning Yet?
One-Year Anniversary of Freedom Fridays Series
Today marks the 1-year anniversary of my Freedom Fridays series. We have covered a variety of topics and regulations and offered dozens of solutions to scale back regulatory burdens and waste. Before we start our second year of Freedom Fridays, I’d like to take a moment to highlight a few victories on regulations we’ve previously highlighted.
- Net Neutrality
In 2015, the Obama administration issued the Open Internet Order, otherwise known as net neutrality. The rule forced treating the internet like a utility and forced internet service providers from offering varying speeds of internet service. Continuation of the rule would have led to fewer options for consumer and fewer providers in high-traffic areas.
WIN! Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal the Obama-era rule, which took effect on June 11, 2018. Repeal of the rule returns us to the light-touch regulatory framework that existed until 2015, and will lead to lower prices and more services for consumers.
- CERCLA Rule
In a last-minute effort, the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The rule would have usurped states’ regulatory authority and needlessly duplicated state and federal requirements for hardrock mining and mineral processing industry.
- Last December, the EPA announced withdrawal of the proposed rule. Our state relies heavily on the mining industry, and such a rule would have caused detrimental consequences to in-state jobs.
- Labor Overtime Rule
The Obama Administration issued a rule in 2016 to double the salary threshold at which workers would be eligible for overtime pay if they work for more than 40 hours a week. However well intentioned, this rule would have disproportionately affected less-affluent areas, including the Southwest, and likely would have led to reduced hours, lower wages, and fewer jobs.
WIN! In August, a U.S. district court struck down the rule, siding with the 21 states that challenged it. After the ruling, the Department of Justice declared it would not attempt to appeal the court’s ruling, ending the life the rule.
- More victories to come…
My main priority in Congress is to restore the constitutional boundaries of the federal government. Too often, federal bureaucrats exceed the limits of their authority by issuing regulations that affect the lives of all Americans. Congress must reign in this activity and retake its Article 1 Section 8 powers. As long as I am your representative, I will continue to work to stop freedom-killing rules.