Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jenkins Decries Feds ; Jenkins: Federal Regulations Put Small Companies 'Out of Business'

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Jenkins Decries Feds ; Jenkins: Federal Regulations Put Small Companies 'Out of Business'

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Standing before a Topeka business group Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins decried burdensome federal regulations, saying regulators "are running roughshod over the American people."

"I mean, this is America. You start to wonder what country you live in when you're hearing some of these stories coming out of small businesses," said Jenkins, a Republican.

The 2nd District congresswoman was the featured speaker at the Topeka Independent Business Association's monthly luncheon at Topeka Country Club, 2700 S.E. Buchanan.

Most of the complaints to Jenkins from the roughly 40 TIBA members and guests in attendance involved federal regulations. The congresswoman told the crowd that regulations "are putting you out of business" and added her own anecdotes to the complaints.

"Some of the stories I've heard are even worse. I've heard several stories just recently about regulators coming out and even saying, 'If you'll pay the fine today before we leave, we will give you a discount,' " Jenkins said in response to a complaint about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"Americans' rights are being trampled on by its own government," the congresswoman added.

Jenkins assured the crowd that Republicans in Congress will continue to advocate for fewer federal regulations. She touted H.R. 427, known as the REINS Act, which would require federal agencies to have new regulations approved through congressional resolutions. The bill, cosponsored by all four Kansas House members, passed the House on July 28.

"We're going to continue to push back hard and, like I said, if we can't get the president to sign freestanding legislation, we'll try to slip it into an appropriations bill or something that he will feel compelled to respond to," Jenkins said.

Support for the REINS Act largely falls upon party lines, with Republicans overwhelmingly in favor and Democrats overwhelmingly opposed. While the bill has passed through the House in previous sessions of Congress, it stands little chance of being signed into law.

When asked by an attendee for her opinion of efforts to raise the minimum wage, Jenkins said, "I'm not a fan of a federal boost for the minimum wage. …

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