The Relief Report

A newsletter covering regulatory reform efforts in Washington and across America, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001 (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301.

Issue #23 * August 3, 1995 * David A. Ridenour, Editor

Hill Watch - Regulatory relief initiatives on Capitol Hill

Regulatory Relief Proponents Lose -- Then Win Vote on EPA Restrictions:

On July 28, an amendment to the VA, HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations bill offered by Representatives Louis Stokes (D-OH) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) to strip the measure of restrictions placed on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding was approved by the House 212-206. But that vote was reversed on July 31 when the Stokes-Boehlert amendment failed to obtain a majority vote. The vote was 210-210. The appropriations bill will place restrictions on EPA's fiscal year 1996 funds for regulatory action under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Emergency Planning and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, among others until such time as these laws have been reformed by Congress. Joining with 160 Democrats in voting for the amendment -- and thus against regulatory relief -- were 50 Republicans. These include: Charles Bass (NH), Rick Lazio (NY), Doug Bereuter (NE), James Leach (IA), Sherwood Boehlert (NY), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Michael Castle (DE), James Longley (ME), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL ), William Martini (NJ), Vernon Ehlers (MI), Constance Morella (MD), Robert Ehrlich (MD), John Porter (IL), Phil English (PA), Jack Quinn (NY), Harris Fawell (IL ), Jim Ramstad (MN), Michael Forbes (NY), Ralph Regula (OH), Jon Fox (PA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Gary Franks (CT), Marshall Sanford (SC), Bob Franks (NJ), Jim Saxton (NJ), Wayne Gilchrest (MD), Joe Scarborough (FL), Paul Gillmor (OH), Steven Schiff (NM), Benjamin Gilman (NY), Clay Shaw (FL), Porter Goss (FL ), Christopher Shays (CT), James Greenwood (PA), Christopher Smith (NJ), Stephen Horn (CA), Peter Torkildsen (MA), Amo Houghton (NY), Fred Upton (MI), Nancy Johnson (CT), Curt Weldon (PA), Sue Kelly (NY), Rick White (WA), Scott Klug (WI), Frank Wolf (VA), Steve LaTourette (OH), Bill Young (FL), Marge Roukema (NJ) and Dick Zimmer (NJ). The Sierra Club has labeled these members heroes and has been urging its grassroots membership to place "thank you" calls to their offices.

Regulatory Reform Field Hearings Slated.

Representatives Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) will hold field hearings on regulatory reform on August 7 and 8. The hearings will be as follows: 1.) Topic: The economic impact of federal regulations. Place: Stearns County Building, St. Cloud, MN. Date and Time: August 7, 1:30 P.M. 2.) Topic: Federal contractors (OSHA). Place: Minnesota State Capitol, Room 15, St. Paul, MN. Date and Time: August 8, 8:30 A.M. 3). Topic: FDA medical product approvals. Place: Rochester City Council chambers, Rochester, MN. Date and Time: August 8, 1:00 P.M.

Action Items - What you can do to promote the regulatory relief agenda

Help Small Business News with Its "Regulation Alert." Small Business News, a chain of nine monthly business magazines with combined circulation of 225,000 subscribers, invites you to participate in its "REGULATION ALERT" program. Every month, they will spotlight one pending regulation about which a large portion of their readers need to know. They'll publish a summary, an estimate of the costs and effects of the proposed rule, comments from advocates and opponents, and most importantly, information about how small business owners can comment on and hopefully impact the final rule-making. They need suggestions from Relief Report readers -- those who know more about pending regulations than anyone else -- about which rules will have the broadest impact on businesses in general and small business in particular. They may also select other rules for highlighting, and would like to award a "Stupid Rule of the Month." Other ideas for the new monthly feature will also be accepted. Their deadline will be the 10th of each month -- thus, August 10 is the first deadline. They can not publish every suggestion, but will attribute all those they do choose. For more information, call William Hoffman, national correspondent for Small Business News at (703)918-4901 or fax your suggestions to (703)918-4905.

Consider Donating to the Relief Report. So that the Relief Report can continue bringing readers news on regulatory relief efforts and expand on this coverage, readers are encouraged to make a donations. Suggested donations: $300 corporate; $100 non-profit; $50 individual. Contributions may be made to: The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street, NW #700, Washington, D.C. 20001. Donations to The National Center are tax-deductible.

Victims' Corner - Stories of personal tragedy or government folly

Army Corps of Engineers to Church -- Pass the Collection Plate.

The Maryland Association of Free Will Baptists purchased three acres of land in Waldorf, Maryland in early 1989 for $155,000 for new construction. But later in the year, the Corps of Engineers declared part of the land a "wetland," requiring the church to spend an additional $45,000 for an adjacent lot.

"Putting People Back Into the Regulatory Equation"

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