U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta votes to fight job-destroying regulations by helping pass HR 2681



(Washington – October 6, 2011)    Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) proudly stood alongside job creators on Thursday by voting for H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.  This jobs bill was approved in a bipartisan vote (262 - 161) and now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.  Rep. Guinta released the following statement:

“I join with Granite State job creators in echoing their concerns that continued overregulation from the Administration and its federal agencies is killing construction jobs in New Hampshire.  This bipartisan bill provides much needed support to the U.S. economy, and specifically infrastructure jobs. Federal regulations should be focused on providing a fair, safe, and competitive environment – unfortunately, anti-job regulations such as those placed on the cement industry are a prime example of Washington red tape run wild. The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 is an important tool in removing over-zealous regulations that are destroying real  middle-class jobs every day. I join with New Hampshire job creators and call on the Senate to take immediate action on this job-saving legislation.”

BackgroundH.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 would provide a legislative stay of three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards that apply to cement manufacturing plants.  These rules have been referred to as the “Cement MACT rules.”  A recent study by the Portland Cement Association concluded the EPA’s new Cement MACT regulations threaten to shut down 18 plants – almost 20 percent of the domestic industry.  According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, increased construction costs resulting from rising cement prices could lead to the loss of 12,000 to 19,000 construction jobs.  H.R. 2681 would also allow for the implementation of effective regulation that protects communities both environmentally and economically through new rules that would be achievable – to prevent plant shut downs and job losses.