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Foxx, Portman Lead The Charge Against Unfunded Federal Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-05) issued the following statement on the introduction of the Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act (UMATA) by her and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH):

“Small businesses and local governments continue to bear the brunt of burdensome rules and regulations that were imposed by the previous administration As a direct result, hiring processes are slowed to a crawl and budgets are stretched too thin.

“With the introduction of the Unfunded Mandates Accountability and Transparency Act yesterday by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and me, true accountability and transparency will be judiciously applied to federal mandates so that Washington bureaucrats can no longer kick the can down the road at the expense of hardworking taxpayers, the job market, and our economy.

“This new bipartisan, bicameral legislation builds off my legislation offered by me and Senator Deb Fischer, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act.  I applaud Senator Fischer for her cosponsorship of this new, comprehensive legislation and her steadfast support in seeking to increase transparency about the costs of unfunded federal mandates and holding the federal government accountable.

“As Congress enacts legislation that accelerates our nation’s economic recovery and puts Americans back to work, it is imperative that we do not lose sight of opportunities to cut bureaucratic red tape that continues to burden job creators and local governments across our country. I’m confident that our legislation will achieve this goal, and I look forward to its passage in Congress.”


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor

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