Walorski Kicks Off GROW Tour in Elkhart County

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Elkhart

Elkhart, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in Elkhart County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Superior Oil, Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“Elkhart County businesses employ over 100,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like Superior Oil to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Superior Oil for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

For over 75 years, Superior Oil has been a major provider of industrial products and services supplying a broad and diverse industry. Today, they have evolved into a leading independent chemical supplier and fiberglass distributor. They attribute their growth to innovation — continuously searching for new, better ways to meet their customers’ needs.

“It was an honor having Congresswoman Walorski come tour our Elkhart, Indiana, facility today,” said Superior Solvents and Chemicals President Kurt Hettinga. “Her interest in our industry and programs like NACD Responsible Distribution® highlight her commitment to fostering pro-business policies that reduce burdensome regulations and put more Americans back to work. We were proud to show Congresswoman Walorski the economic contributions our company is making in the great state of Indiana while also preserving the safety of our employees and surrounding community through Responsible Distribution.”

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

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