House Advances Bills to Protect Consumers, Promote Job Growth as Part of Stop Government Abuse Week

- U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, PA-5, released the following statement after voting to support a series of bills hat will eliminate or reform burdensome laws and regulations, and increase transparency and accountability in government, which were part of Stop Government Abuse Week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Overregulation is harming good-paying jobs, limiting wages, and keeping our economy from growing. The House has continued to work diligently at rolling back the overly burdensome regulations that are putting a damper on our economy. These measures promote transparency and hold the Administration accountable for the impact of its regulatory strangle-hold on America, its businesses and workers.”– Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson.

On Friday, the House passed H.R. 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act, which will provide Congress with greater ability to identify rules and regulations that may impose undue harm on consumers, workers, small businesses, and state and local governments.

On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act of 2014 (ALERRT Act), which will increase transparency of federal agencies regarding proposed or finalized rules, and H.R. 3193, the Consumer Financial Freedom and Washington Accountability Act.

On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3865, the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014, which will prevent the Internal Revenue Service from finalizing regulations that could potentially jeopardize non-partisan social advocacy groups from organizing.

Also on Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 3308, the Taxpayer Transparency Act, which will require communication funded by a federal agency for advertising or an educational purpose to clearly state that it is produced at taxpayer expense.

On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1423, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, which will increase accountability and transparency in government by requiring every federal agency to disclose basic cost and performance information about the programs they administer.

Next week, the House will consider multiple bills directed toward reducing home heating costs.

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