H.R. 2824: Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act of 2013

By at 25 February, 2014, 1:54 pm

The Honorable Bill Johnson

United States House of Representatives

1710 Longworth Building

Washington, DC  20515


Dear Congressman Johnson:

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and our 100,000 members are pleased to support H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act of 2013. Coal is America’s most abundant and affordable natural resource, and federal regulations aimed at thwarting the use of coal are downright foolish.

H.R. 2824 contains many important measures, including a provision that prohibits the Secretary of the Department of Interior from issuing new regulations affecting coal plants.  As you well know, small businesses are major players within the coal industry and H.R. 2824 would protect the work of these firms and their dedicated workforce.

A recent survey by SBE Council’s Center for Regulatory Solutions found that Americans have no idea how the regulatory system works, and they feel they have no voice in the process: 64% of Americans said that regulations are “created in a way that does not consider their real-world impact,” 72% believe regulations are “created in a closed, secretive process,” and 68% believe regulations are created by “out-of-touch” people trying to push a political agenda. Overwhelmingly, Americans think regulation is hurting job creation, the economy, small business and our nation’s competitiveness.  Impractical and excessive regulations are certainly hurting the coal industry, and by extension the many small businesses who need affordable electricity to remain competitive.

SBE Council looks forward to working with you to advance H.R. 2824 into law.


Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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