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Businesses Oppose U.S. House Midnight Rules Act:

For Immediate Release: 
January 4, 2017

U.S. House move to prevent rules is “like taking a chainsaw into surgery"

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (January 4, 2017)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), with a membership network representing more than 250,000 businesses, today sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives voicing opposing to H.R. 21, a bill designed to invalidate rules written during the final period of a presidential administration.

David Levine, CEO and Co-founder of ASBC, said, “This would be like taking a chainsaw into surgery. Businesses depend on good regulations to set clear boundaries and rules for fair competition on a level playing field. Instead, H.R. 21 would let Congress undo batches of rules without any consideration of their individual merits.”

The letter stated in part: “Blocking, weakening or delaying critical standards and safeguards will only worsen the uneven economic playing field that leaves many small- and medium-sized businesses at a competitive disadvantage. It also inhibits innovation in new technologies that can create good, sustainable jobs as well as safer products, workplaces and communities.”

ASBC’s letter also provided national, scientific poll results showing that small business owners understand the value of regulations and support them by strong majorities. Those findings hold true across party lines, since the majority of those polled were self-identified Republicans. Among the findings listed in the letter were:

  • 78% of small employers agree regulations are important to protect small businesses from unfair competition and to level the playing field with big business.
  • 79% of small business owners support having clean air and water in their community in order to keep their families, employees and customers healthy.
  • 61% support standards that move the country towards energy efficiency and clean energy.
  • 86% of small business poll respondents believe some regulation is necessary for a modern economy, and 93% believe their business can live with some regulation if it is fair and manageable.

The full text of the letter may be found here:

The report on the polling may be found here:

ASBC has an ongoing campaign to help policymakers understand how regulations are important to innovation and fair competition in business. More information on the campaign may be found here:

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.