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Scott Tipton: Setting the stage for 2017

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A recent analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute showed that for every law Congress passed in 2016, the Obama Administration issued 18 rules and regulations. With a total of 3,853 last year, the administration issued the most rules and regulations since 2005.

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Scott Tipton

When done right, rules and regulations play an important role in keeping our communities safe and secure. But during the past several years, we’ve seen a breakdown in the balance of power between our three branches of government that has led to harmful overregulation.

This is why we’ve worked in the House of Representatives to set the stage for rolling back harmful overregulation and restoring the balance of power between the executive, legislative and judicial branches. We recently passed two bills that will accomplish these goals: the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS, Act (H.R. 26).

Congress has a tool, called the Congressional Review Act, which gives the House and Senate the authority to consider resolutions of disapproval that would void regulations that have been finalized by the executive branch. The Midnight Rules Relief Act allows us to consider multiple resolutions of disapproval for regulations the Obama Administration issued during the last 60 legislative days of its term “en block,” or at one time.

Having the ability to simultaneously void many of the unnecessary, overly burdensome regulations the Obama Administration issued in its final weeks and months will allow us to restore confidence within our communities and quickly turn to implementing policies that create jobs, grow our economy and keep our country secure.

To help prevent overregulation in the future, the House passed the REINS Act, which will require Congressional approval of all major regulations. A major regulation is one that is projected to have an economic impact of more than $100 million.

Preventing future overregulation will be the responsibility of both the legislative and executive branches: Congress must write clear laws, and the executive branch’s enacting rules and regulations must reflect legislative intent. The REINS Act will allow Congress to ensure that any major regulation reflects the intent of the original law, and it will help cut down on duplication and unnecessary or punitive burdens on our communities.

The House has set the stage for Congress to advance policies that will create jobs, let people keep more of their hard-earned money and make health care affordable and accessible for everyone.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton represents Colorado’s 3rd District. He serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and Subcommittees on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Oversight and Investigations.

Comments

Chris Hadlock 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Two more phone calls, and another email with zero, zip, nadda in response from Scott Tipton's office. At least I get form letters from Cory Gardner even if he disagrees with my opinions.

COME ON MAN! If you cannot even bother to respond to your constituents you are NOT doing the job you were elected to do.

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Chris Hadlock 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Regardless of your position on the political scale we should innundate Rep. Tiptons office with communications until he actually starts listening and responding. It should not matter if your opinion is right or left, your elected representative should at least acknowledge that your message was received.

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Martha D Young 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Just what rules and regulations are hampering the growth of the economy.? It is irresponsible to make such claims without showing data to support them.

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Jim Kelley 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Scott Tipton still hasn't revealed how he voted on the ethics committee bill this week which, actually, completely reveals how he voted on the ethics committee bill this week.

....Did he ever leave the swamp, or is he part of the drain and re-fill? Colorado district 3 should not tolerate such dereliction from our swamp monster.

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Eileen Berry 1 month, 2 weeks ago

He could have given us one example of the over 3,000 rules and regs he alluded to in this article.

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Robert Huron 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Is Deregulation always a good thing? The Airline Industry was deregulated in 1978 and the end result was we now have only 3 Major Airlines that control everything and they treat everyone like cattle. Does anyone enjoy flying anymore? They deregulated the Investment Banks in 2000 by repealing the Glass Steagall Act and what was the result? The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. All Tipton wants is to allow the Oil and Gas Industry to take over our National Treasures so they can drill anywhere and poison our water and air so he can get big campaign contributions. No telling what the "Moscow Candidate" wants to give away so his friends and business associates can laugh all the way to the bank and the rest of us will have to pay the price. Be careful what you wish for !!!

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Jim Wallen 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"With a total of 3,853 last year, the administration issued the most rules and regulations since 2005." according to Scott Tipton. Another way to say this is it's the most since the last Administration, George W. Bush. However, saying it that way renders the statement meaningless. Did I miss something here?!

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John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

the more regulations the are, the larger/more consolidated business' become. Small business' have a much harder time knowing/complying with all the new rules and regulations. Large business' can have some one in the regulators office to ensure compliance.

The rules and regulations added in regulating food production as part of the open wording of the food safety modernization act, make it difficult to access retail distribution channels. one almost needs a half time employee added to comply with the added rules and regulations. Tracing/logging/ source verifying inputs and when a product is made/processed records of each production batch are retained and an ability to trace all units of that production to where it was distributed are maintained so a recall can occur if you find you made a mistake or one of your suppliers does.

Much of it is good regulation, so that one is maintaining good mfg practices. It just makes it hard on the little guy especially as the corporate producers (far less sustainable) are afforded lower capital costs, a lower tax burden as a result of supplanting labor with tech, the ability to capture some "waste" streams and profitably market them that the small guy is not.

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Lock McShane 1 month, 2 weeks ago

John, could a possible solution be that we have exemptions from the regulations for businesses below a certain size?

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John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The retailers want that in place also. There recently was a raw milk herd share individual in Colorado that got lots of people sick because he did not clean well. The milk act went into effect in September and eliminated the exemption, if I'm not mistaken. sales also primarily have to be the end user. The risk of listeria is too high if you are not diligent and it is very hard for a small operator to do everything as it is without the added paperwork.

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John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Lock,

So I am listening to a talk from Bleating Heart Dairy that had to throw away 12480 pounds of cheese, because of their "pet" listeria in their plant. That was a years worth of production and really probably close to a near death sentence for a small producer - essentially 240 lbs of cheese production per week that is someone milking 5-10 cows a week, in there case about 25 goats. The cases of listeria have gone down, but the ability of the FDA to trace it back to your individual plant have gone way up, increasing ones liability - thus insurance rates. We are looking at spending a lot with environmental testing to find any in our plant and kill our "pet" - fortunately, I spent way too much money making the facility very easy to clean with few crevices except on shelving which some day will be replaced when I make a paycheck. But in listening to the story of how they were doing everything right and the lab they used did not test properly and so gave them a false sense of security.

Anyway, given the stories of people in the valley drinking brownish milk, the food born illness outbreaks because of poor sanitization really make one want to ensure that we stay vigilant, in our cleaning (90% of our job - plus the tracing of product, though it really makes it hard on the small farmer, thus the teaming up with another that is passionate about what we are doing here as it was draining my life and making me less than a happy person).

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Lock McShane 1 month, 2 weeks ago

John, what is the purpose of the paperwork you complain about?

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John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

logging of all raw materials used in food production, what they are used in, how they are used, cleaning logs, production and distribution logs. That way, if a supplier of mine has a recall, I can recall all of my product that used the input to produce. Or if in routine product testing we find a problem we can log that. Every wheel of cheese is accounted for, if we some how do not account for a wheel of cheese, then the FDA has an issue with it. Production logs, that show how the product was produced, PH levels, when the process starts, stops, when you flip the cheese, when you go out and everywhere you go(just kidding on the last two).

We can either do random testing for Listeria M. and eradicate our pet bacteria (most plants have it living somewhere in it or wait for the FDA to come in find it and do a DNA fingerprint on it, so that if there is a Listeria outbreak in the future they can pin it back on us. Used to be that the average number of cases found in a listeria outbreak were 70 today its about 5 because of better laboratory technologies and the DNA fingerprinting of the bad guys.

Logging of pest traps that are located around the facility and so much more.

We are starting to log temperatures on product when we load it for delivery and when it arrives, put that in a database, so that we show proper handling of food. There is so much to it, but listening to the talk from the woman who had 0 listeria cases in the general public, but opted to throw away a years worth of cheese, because they were doing some things wrong (no controlled entry point and using brushes that were sterilized (not well) to wash the rind on the cheese and the Listeria was up in the pockets where the bristles were. They did extensive teasing to find out where it came from. They found that the employees came to work in clean clothes as directed but then went to pick up the milk from the parlor. While waiting they petted the cat, which appeared clean. That was the vector that the bacteria got into their cheese facility. Once in it hides in every nook and cranny. Being an airborne bad guy, washing your floor with water will send it flying to a new hiding spot. So vigilance in trying to hunt down and kill the stuff is needed. Going around and testing surfaces for it to ensure it is not there, hiring an outside company to audit our process' and procedures and test for it also needs to be done, and when the FDA comes looking we hope that we have not overlooked some hole in a piece of equipment that it is residing in.

But today, in speaking with someone about what we need done on a very part time basis, is going to end up a full time job when all is said and done as weekly inventories of the "cave" will be done to inventory what we have versus what was made and sold to ensure we can provide evidence to the FDA that we do not have stuff going missing. I can tell you for one, that is daunting when you are doing this yourself.

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John Weibel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Another dumb thing I need to do is test for antibiotics every time I use a batch of milk. On a small scale that costs $8 and takes about 20 minutes to preform. I do not use antibiotics for the most part, and when I do the cows get put elsewhere until the test free of antibiotics. It is a waste of resources, but a requirement of using milk.

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Scott Wedel 1 month, 2 weeks ago

John,

Many regulations are not opposed by larger producers because it is what they already do. And many regulations are created in response to a problem where a producer got people sick using unsafe practices that were not previously against regulations.

Throwing away all that cheese is real hard on Bleating Heart Dairy, but it appears that they had contaminated all of their cheese.

You testing for antibiotics is a waste of time until the one day it tests positive and you figure out what happened by mistake for that to have happened.

The public dislikes regulations until bad food causes people to get sick and then everyone goes into a panic about how a lack of regulations allowed it to happen.

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