In the spring of 2011, my office in conjunction with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce embarked on a critical initiative to identify and roll back unnecessary and overly burdensome federal regulations that kill jobs and hurt our economy -- a program titled "Red Tape Rollback." The purpose of Red Tape Rollback is to give businesses, individuals, and institutions across the Hoosier State one location to report information on these job-destroying rules and regulations. Washington bureaucrats all too often produce massive and sweeping regulations without carefully considering the details of those regulations that end up hurting Hoosier businesses and consumers. Through Red Tape Rollback, we focus on the details that unelected bureaucrats do not.
Just over two years into this effort, I'm pleased to report that at the end of 2013, we've achieved 33 significant victories -- meaning either a delay in implementation, full repeal or clarification, or passage of a law addressing the regulation by the House of Representatives -- in our fight against excessive regulations. From victories that will reshape the framework of regulation in America to more specific regulations that burden Hoosiers, we've achieved victories across the federal government. We've pushed back against regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and more.
This annual report contains stories about some of our successes and some of our ongoing work. However, our work is far from done.
As Hoosier economic leaders, your participation is essential to Red Tape Rollback. The Constitution vests Congress first with the duty to legislate, but equally important is our duty to oversight the executive branch. As we in Congress investigate and debate the appropriateness of federal regulations, I invite you to join us in our task. If you know of any regulations that are destroying jobs, inhibiting growth, or slowing our economy, I want to know about them.
Please visit Rokita.House.Gov/Redtape to learn more about this program and to share your stories of regulatory overreach.
Thank you for your time and commitment to the people of Indiana as we strive together to keep the republic and help Americans build better lives for themselves and their families.
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita