Gibbs Passes First Bill: The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011

March 31, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 by a vote of 292-130. Congressman Gibbs introduced this legislation and received broad bipartisan support with over 30 Democratic co-sponsors and 57 Democrat “yea” votes.

“I am proud that the first bill I introduced as Chairman of the Water Resources subcommittee and as the Representative from Ohio’s 18th District passed the U.S. House of Representatives today with broad bipartisan support,” said Congressman Gibbs. “Regardless of one’s political affiliation, duplicative and costly ‘red-tape’ requirements that provide no additional health or environmental benefits just do not make sense.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) already comprehensively regulates the distribution, sale, and use of pesticides. H.R. 872 provides assurance that the regulated pesticide community is not subject to redundant and unnecessary permitting requirements if they are in compliance with EPA’s current regulations.

Congressman Gibbs continued, “This legislation cuts through the red-tape so that hundreds of thousands of farmers, foresters, public health officials and others will not be crippled by unnecessary compliance costs, threats of lawsuits and exorbitant fines.

“Today, Congress acted decisively to remove a costly, lengthy, and duplicative regulatory process that would prove to be a huge barrier to job creation. Now, not only will we continue to have a safe environment, but also a better environment for economic growth.

“I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this common sense legislative effort to reduce the regulatory burden that weighs down our economy and stifles job creation.”