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E-news 2/11/11

The Week Just Past:  Spotlighting Job-Killing Regulations

The Beginning of the End for the Washington Spending Spree

Rodney’s Committee Work: Safeguarding America

Valentines for Our Veterans

New VA Support Line For Caregivers

Rodney’s Town Hall Meeting:  Voice Your Opinion!

 

The Week Just Past:  Spotlighting Job-Killing Regulations

“As part of our effort to create private sector jobs and opportunities, the House this week voted to direct its committees to scour the federal bureaucracy to identify government rules and regulations that either are hindering job growth or threaten that growth in the future. 

“The House is scrutinizing a wide array of existing laws and proposed Obama administration regulations in areas as diverse as health care, the environment and Wall Street.  There is no doubt that many of the Administration’s regulations have negatively affected job growth and these investigations are a starting point for the broader discussion about the regulatory barriers to job creation.

“A recent study found that an unprecedented 43 major regulationswere imposed in fiscal year 2010 with a total economic cost of $26.5 billion, the highest total since at least 1981!  

“One new law alone, the Obamacare law, has added over 6,000 pages of regulationsand Federal Register notices in just its first nine months!  The new law has also added thousands of new employees to the federal payroll to oversee implementation!

“And who’s paying the price for this avalanche of red-tape? 

“According to the Small Business Administration, the average small business with less than 20 employees faces a cost of $10,585in federal regulations each year per worker they employ.

“Of course, the cost of federal regulations to small businesses - America’s job creators - must either be passed on to the consumer or workers, either in the form of lower wages or a shortage of jobs that would have been otherwise paid for with money spent complying with federal regulations.  Imagine if small businesses could put the $10,000they spend on these regulations directly back into new jobs!

“Washington does not just wave a magic wand and necessarily business creates jobs.  That's not how it works.

“But we have created a climate that forces so many small businesses and others to turn toward Washington to see what new rule or regulation or mandate or decree or directive or cost is coming next. In this atmosphere of low business and consumer confidence, many are choosing not to invest and expand their companies.  They are choosing not to hire.

“In the weeks ahead, our task will be to determine which new rules and regulations genuinely protect public health and safety, environmental quality and consumer and investor interests and which ones simply discourage growth. 

“That’s our challenge.  That’s our promise.”

                                      Rodney Frelinghuysen

Recommended Reading: Steve Bartlett, writing in the Thursday edition of USA Today, points out just one example of damaging proposed federal regulation.  In this case, the new financial regulation law will make your debit card cost more.  Read “Overregulation hurts economy."

The Beginning of the End for the Washington Spending Spree

The House next week is expected to debate legislation – a “Continuing Resolution” or CR - which will end and reverse the massive Washington spending binge of recent years. 

The CR measure is necessary because the Pelosi-Reid Congress failed to complete a single appropriation bill last year.  This CR will fund the federal government for the seven months remaining in the fiscal year, ending on October 1, and prevent a government wide shut-down, while significantly reducing the massive increases in discretionary spending enacted in the last several years.

The total spending cuts in the CR will exceed $100 billion.  Never before has Congress undertaken a task of this magnitude.  The reductions in the CR will represent the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation.

“These cuts are deep and will affect every area of the nation, including our own,” said Rodney.  “But I am an optimist by nature and see a unique opportunity here to correct the fiscal path America is now on.  We have no choice.  This nation is flat broke!  We have to stop the spending spree and help our economy grow and our businesses create jobs.”

Debate is expected to begin on the CR on Monday.  The bill will be considered under rules that will allow members to offer amendments to reduce the cuts or add to them.

“Next week, while the House debates cutting this year’s budget,the President will submit his budget for next year,” Rodney said.  “I’m concerned it will have too much spending, too much taxing, and too much borrowing - the kind of activities that cause employers to sit on their hands and decline to hire because of that uncertainty. 

Rodney’s Committee Work: Safeguarding America

Two of Rodney’s three key Subcommittees held briefings this week on the growing threats to America, our citizens and our interests. 

The Defense Appropriations Subcommittee heard from the General James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, and from Leon Panetta, the Director of Central Intelligence, in a classified hearing on Wednesday.  Rodney’s Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee heard from senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security in a classified briefing this morning. 

In an earlier, open hearing, Secretary Napolitano declared that “the terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly in the last 10 years — and continues to evolve — so that, in some ways, the threat facing us is at its most heightened state” since the attacks of 9-11.  She said the danger has shifted — instead of coming almost exclusively from people sent from other countries to carry out attacks, it now comes primarily from Westerners who are being recruited by terrorist groups.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the threat to our homes, businesses and economy from violent extremists is as great as it has ever been,” Rodney said.  “That’s why it is more important than ever that we give our intelligence community and our military the tools, the authorities and resources they need to carry out their important missions.”

Recommended Reading II:  Jackson Diehl, writing in the Tuesday Washington Post, “Egypt Warnings Obama Ignored.”

Valentines for Our Veterans

On Monday, Rodney visited area schools to collect “Valentines for Veterans” made by local students.  Each year, he invites elementary schools from across Morris, Sussex, Essex, Somerset and Passaic Counties to create hand-made Valentines Day cards for hospitalized veterans.

Once again, he was joined by decorated World War II veteran Jim Smith, Commander of American Legion Post 342 in Chester. 

“These thousands of messages from students lift the spirits of veterans confined to a hospital on Valentine’s Day,” said Frelinghuysen, a veteran of the Vietnam War.  “It is also an important way for young people to learn more about the sacrifices made by Americans in uniform.  Veterans made our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.”

Read about Rodney’s visit to the Martha B. Day School in Bloomingdale and the Stony Brook School in Kinnelon here:

http://baskingridge.patch.com/articles/congressman-collects-valentines-for-va-veterans-from-area-students#photo-4792102

or

http://kinnelon.patch.com/articles/congressman-collects-valentines-for-veterans-from-students#photo-4792093

 

Read about Rodney’s visit tothe Hartshorn Elementary School in Short Hills here: http://millburn.patch.com/articles/hartshorn-students-make-valentines-for-veterans#

Rodney and World War II veteran Jim Smith also visited students at the LincolnRoosevelt School in Roxbury Township and the Marie Duffy School in Wharton.

The valentines they collected will be delivered to the Lyons and East Orange Veterans hospitals on Valentines Day.  

New VA Support Line for Caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established a new, toll-free telephone line for those who provide care to veterans of all eras.

The National Caregiver Support Line -- 1-855-260-3274 -- will serve as the primary resource and referral center to assist caregivers, veterans and others seeking caregiver information. The support line will provide information regarding new caregiver benefits, referrals to local caregiver support coordinators as well as emotional support to those concerned with their ability to provide care to loved ones who are Veterans.

“The families and loved ones who care for our veterans deserve the highest level of support,” said Rodney, a Vietnam veteran.  “Caregivers are important partners in our efforts to provide compassionate care to our military heroes.”

The National Caregiver Support Line will be open Monday through Friday. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Eastern time; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern time.  Licensed, VA social workers and health technicians will staff the support line.

Rodney’s Town Hall Meeting:  Voice Your Opinion!

Rodney will continue his New Jersey listening tour this month as he holds a public town meeting in Florham Park on February 22.  All area residents and interested citizens in the 11th Congressional District are invited to attend.

“I hold public town meetings regularly to allow me to hear the voices of local residents,” he said. “The topics are theirs to choose.  The opinions are theirs to give.”

The details of the meeting:

Tuesday, February 22 – 7 pm

Ridgedale Middle School

71 Ridgedale Avenue

Florham Park, NJ 07932

Rodney will provide an update on his work in Congress, including his efforts to oppose tax hikes and large federal spending increases, promote homeland security, and support America’s military service members and their families.