Billy Long doing 'manufacturing tour' today in Springfield

Posted on March 19, 2014 17:00 pm CDT

Springfield News-Leader Read the article here


U.S. Rep. Billy Long kicked off his manufacturing tour this morning at Hiland Dairy.

Long, a Republican, gave only brief remarks to those in attendance, but told the News-Leader the best thing Congress can do to strengthen manufacturing in southwest Missouri is to reduce over-regulation. He pointed to his work on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

"We're constantly bringing in people to talk about the issues they face with over-regulation of all the different manufacturing. So that's a big thing we can do," Long said.

Also in attendance were Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens, Springfield Councilwoman Jan Fisk and Rep. Sonya Anderson, R-Springfield. Stephens echoed Long's concern with regulation.

"I would like to see the federal government, and I'm talking about some of the regulators, not necessarily the elected officials, take into account the effects of their regulations that they're promulgating and that they're forcing onto communities all over the country. Because I think there are a lot of unintended consequences," Stephens said.

The national group Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations, citing data from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, says there are 3,305 proposed federal regulations currently making their way through the approval process.

Long's Hiland Dairy tour was only one of three stops this morning. He was also scheduled to stop at SWI Industrial Solutions and Multi-Craft Contractors.





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