Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement regarding the House’s efforts this week to stop government abuse and rein in a runaway government:  

“Our government has been ballooning at an alarming rate for too long.  As the bureaucracy has grown, so have the number of regulations issued.  Too often, I hear from hardworking South Carolinian businesses that their ability to grow has been crippled by onerous regulations and burdensome government policies.  In one of the worst economic recoveries since World War II, government should be encouraging economic growth; not stifling it.

“My colleagues and I passed legislation this week to rein in regulatory overreach and stop government abuse.  One of these bills is the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires Congressional approval for any regulation issued that is expected to cost the economy more than $100 million.   Hardworking South Carolinians want a strong economic future and the legislations passed this week lays the ground work for more growth, more jobs, and a brighter future.”

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the following legislation this week to stop government abuse:

H.R. 2009, Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
H.R. 367, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act
H.R. 2711, Citizen Empowerment Act
H.R. 2579, Government Employee Accountability Act
H.R. 1660, Government Customer Service Improvement Act
H.R. 313, Government Spending Accountability Act
H.R. 1541, Common Sense in Compensation Act
H.R. 2565, Stop Targeting Our Politics IRS Act
H.R. 2769, Stop Playing on Citizen's Cash Act
H.R. 2768, The Taxpayer Bill of Rights