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Congresswoman Ann Wagner speaks on presidential overreach through executive orders and federal regul

June 16, 2016 – Congresswoman Ann Wagner took to the floor of the U.S. House to speak on a subject we hear constantly from our members: the overreach of the executive branch through executive orders and regulations.

Congresswoman Wagner says, “Congress writes laws and the President executes those laws,” under Article I of the U.S. Constitution. She says executive orders and regulations issued by executive agencies threaten the balance of power laid out in the Constitution.

We constantly hear from our members about the onslaught of federal regulations and discussed them at length with all our congressional delegation this week when we visited Capitol Hill. Regulations, and their enforcement, from agencies such as these add to the cost of doing business and keep our businesses from being as profitable and competitive as those in other countries:

  1. U.S. Department of Labor (overtime regulation and persuader rules);

  2. U.S. EPA (carbon regulations barring the use of coal for electricity generation, mercury air regulations, SO2/NO2 use of modeling over real numbers, Waters of the U.S., Interstate Air Pollution Rule, ozone regulations); and

  3. OSHA regulations requiring an inspection when a worker is killed or stays in a hospital overnight, even though the employer is clearly not at fault (recent example: construction workers killed by excessive heat in St. Louis).

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