Sen. Hatch: Regulations From Obama’s ‘Shadow Government’ Having ‘Crippling Effect on Job Creation’

By Penny Starr | February 14, 2012 | 6:05pm EST

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). ( Starr)

( – Countless regulations mandated by the Obama administration are bypassing congressional authority and “crippling’ job creation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Hatch, speaking at a conference of the American Action Network and Crossroads GPS, said the Obama administration’s “aggressive use of executive power to regulate the economy far beyond anything that could be approved by the people’s representatives in Congress” would be his legacy.

“The bottom line is that the regulatory state – the army of bureaucrats and political appointees responsible for tens of thousands of pages of new rules and regulations every year; the shadow government that has become in practice legislature, executive and judiciary for any businesses that deal with health care, the environment or have labor issues -- is no longer tenable,” Hatch said. “It undermines our economy.”

Hatch cited Obamacare as the perfect example of “regulatory impact” on the economy with its more than 10,000-plus pages of new regulations.

“The scope and breadth of the regulatory burden is having a crippling effect on job creation and small business as a whole,” Hatch said. “Ultimately, this is a tragedy for young men and women just entering the labor force, for families struggling to get by, and for entrepreneurs who are prevented from growing businesses due to these regulatory burdens.”

Hatch called this kind of federal bureaucracy the “fourth branch of government” that “undeniably hinders economic growth that is essential for America’s families and job creators.”

Hatch referred to his own re-election bid for a seventh Senate term in the same November election that will pick the next president, saying that, if the Senate wins a Republican majority, as the newly minted chairman of the Senate Finance Committee he would work for the “full repeal of Obamacare and forcing free market principles into our government-dominated health care system.”

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