Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

GOP Rep. Roskam: Obama's WH Is 'Red Tape Factory'

Sep 18, 2011


GOP Rep. Peter Roskam is challenging President Barack Obama to reduce regulations on businesses, saying government agency rules are choking off hiring.

"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," the Illinois Republican said during his party's weekly address Saturday.

Roskam, chief deputy whip of the House, acknowledged Obama's decision to scrub a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog, but added: "He can cancel more."

Roskam pressed Obama to push the Democratic-controlled Senate to adopt House Republican initiatives, including legislation that would give Congress veto power over certain high-cost regulations.

"Job creators should be able to focus on their work — not on Washington's busy-work," he said.

Roskam said more regulations should be pared back as part of the effort to tackle unemployment.

"I hope the president will consider our ideas as we take a look at his," he said.