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DeGette on regulations, blames deregulation

Posted by Kelly Maher on January 30th, 2011
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President Obama won some fans last Tuesday when he proposed that Congress take a hard look at federal regulation, citing the number of federal agencies that had oversight of salmon. The following day Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Colo., used the first few minutes of her opening statement at the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on regulatory reform to praise Obama’s proposal. The balance of her time, however, was used to blame deregulation and a lack of regulation for the near-collapse of our financial system, mercury resulting in birth-defects, carbon pollution from cars and trucks resulting in climate change, and children being exposed to tobacco and salmonella.

At 2:39 DeGette says:

We must recognize, however, that regulations per se are not the problem. The mantra that all regulations are inherently bad and kills jobs is wrong and dangerous.

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