House Republicans file bills aimed at cutting down on occupational licensing regulations

President Joe Biden’s GOP critics have long asserted that his domestic policy agenda will harm the economy and cost American jobs while reducing future opportunities for U.S. workers.

Now, two House Republicans have filed a pair of bills intended to confront what proponents describe as a “job-killing Biden agenda,” according to the Daily Caller.

“Barriers to competition”

Both of the proposals seek to address the competition-limiting practice of occupational licensing. Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) introduced the “Restoring Board Immunity Act of 2021” while Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) filed the “Freedom to Work Act.”

For his part, Issa hopes to extend antitrust law immunity to state-level occupational licensing boards for actions taken on the condition that those boards implement a proposed reform plan.

One of those reforms involves licensing boards subjecting themselves to “day-to-day supervision” or an oversight board with the authority to review occupation regulations. Another would allow states to authorize a legal cause of action against licensing board requirements.

In a statement, Issa defended the bill, arguing: “Government must never create barriers to competition, harm the consumer interest, or interfere with anyone doing their job. This legislation is an overdue reform and will make a lasting difference in helping people across the country get back to work.”

The other bill recently submitted in the House would create a requirement for federal agencies to regularly review their own policies and regulations to identify any that compel states to impose licensing requirements for certain occupations. Those that do compel such licensing would then be changed, either by the agency or by other means, to a less restrictive requirement where possible.

“Keep would-be workers out”

“With return to work slowing back to a crawl under President Biden’s failing leadership, we need to look at new ways to help Americans re-enter the workforce,” Harshbarger said, as the Daily Caller reported.

She went on to assert that many requirements passed “under the guise of consumer safety are simply a big government power grab to prevent competition and keep would-be workers out of a particular market.”

The lawmaker said passing her proposed bill would direct “states and federal government to identify unnecessary occupational licensing barriers that are preventing Americans from returning to the workplace,” reiterating her commitment “to eliminating red tape that is keeping Americans out of work.”

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) spoke out in support of the two bills, insisting that their combined efforts should be embraced by the entire GOP, according to the Daily Caller.

“Last month’s lackluster jobs report proved we can’t buy full employment with taxpayer dollars,” he said, declaring that “Harshbarger and Issa’s bills will tear down bureaucratic red tape and make America fairer and more prosperous.”

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  1. Neither bill will get out of committee. The Dems lose power with either of these bills being accepted. Pelosi would not even bring it up for vote even if it does go forward.
    If we want common sense legislation, the a very large ( 50%) majority of democrats and the rino republicans voted out of office. But we should be careful who we elect in their place. They need to be better like never before.

  2. I would love to see both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris impeached and removed from office. The High Tech Execs do not realize what they are doing is going to not only destroy America by eliminating Opportunities for companies to be created, but will also keep the door wide open for Communist China, Russia and Iran to take advantage of America and all of the innovative research we as Americans have always done. God Bless America and all of the American Citizens. God Bless our Beloved Donald J. Trump.

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