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GOP Address: Rep. Roskam Wants Senate Dems to Help Cut the Red Tape

Roskam for Congress Committee(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Illinois congressman and Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, "frustrated with America's jobs crisis," calls on Senate Democrats to pass legislation that he says will resolve the problem with "excessive federal regulations" keeping businesses from creating job opportunities.

While Rep. Roskam admits some regulations are necessary, he says Washington is generating regulations in excess.

"Let me start with this: appropriate and responsible regulations help protect our health and safety.  But things have changed quickly -- and for the worse.  Washington has become a red tape factory, with more than 4,000 rules in the pipeline -- hundreds of which would cost our economy more than $100 million each annually," he says.

Among several examples Roskam gives of American companies pinned under federal red tape, Gibson Guitars was recently raided by 26 armed federal agents.  Though charges have not been filed, Roskam says regulators have yet to give explanation of what the guitar-maker has done wrong.

"Well I'd like to know how job creators can be expected to prosper with the threat of a federal raid hanging over them?" Roskam says of the Gibson raid.

Roskam says that Republicans are planning to address Washington's red tape problem, particularly referring to several bills which he says, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has set for fall votes.

"In the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor has scheduled several bills for a vote this fall aimed at cutting red tape and addressing the excessive, Washington-imposed regulations that hamper job creation," Roskam says.

Roskam says that he agrees with President Obama that lawmakers need to "act now," and gave a nod to the president's canceling of several "counterproductive rules."  But, he adds, the president could do more.

"He can call on the Democrat-led Senate to pass the dozen or so jobs bills we've passed in the House and ones that are on their way."

He continues, "I hope the president will consider our ideas as we take a look at his.  Let's listen to the people and find common ground to remove barriers to job creation.  Let's help small businesses return to creating jobs so that they can pick up where they left off instead of being left behind."

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