Congressman Lynn Westmoreland has been one of the most vocal critics of expanding federal regulations and their specific effects on jobs and costs to consumers because of bureaucratic decisions in Washington. Supporters of the administration’s moves like to frame the argument as if anyone against any decision of the government wants us to breathe dirty air or drink toxic water. The truth of the situation is that bureaucrats running amok in Washington are trying to place once size fits all solutions to problems that are often of their own invention.
Westmoreland today was able to successfully add an amendment to the Energy Bill currently working its way through the house to exempt commercial refrigeration units from new DOE requirements for energy efficiency on refrigerators. From the Congressman:
This new regulation by the Department of Energy has the potential to affect up to 8,500 jobs across the United States. And almost 1,200 of those jobs are in my district in Georgia. At a time when 13 million Americans are unemployed and even more are underemployed or have simply given up hope, we must do everything we can to save the jobs people currently have. This is a simple fix – and it has bipartisan support. I am so pleased my colleagues joined me in supporting my amendment and that it will be included in the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act.”
His office explains:
The congressman’s amendment to H.R. 4480 would reduce burdensome and expensive regulations on deli-style display cases by separating these cases into their own product classification. Currently, these refrigerators must pass the efficiency test of conventional refrigerators, called reach-ins. Deli display cases, in comparison, are designed to make their products highly visible – they require more glass and lighting than conventional reach-ins. Therefore, their design makes it impossible to reach the minimum efficiency standards that they currently must meet. Creating a separate product classification for these deli-style display cases will lessen the regulatory burden that manufacturers across the country are facing.
Lennox and Kysor Warren both manufacture these type units in the 3rd district. Those roughly 1,200 workers are somewhat “micro” in the big economic picture, until you consider the hundreds of millions of dollars Georgia spends each year to incentivize new manufacturers to locate here. One small but overly broad DOE reg almost wiped out 1,200 Georgia jobs by combining good intentions with a lack of understanding of the actual subject they are attempting to regulate.
The Energy Bill as amended is expected to pass the House later today, where it will then go on to the Senate for approval.