Walorski Stops at Bulldog Battery in Wabash County

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Walorski’s Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in Wabash

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

During her stop at Bulldog Battery, 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 farmers, business owners and manufacturers, 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.

“Wabash County businesses employ over 14,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing manufacturers 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 Bulldog Battery 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 30 years, Bulldog Battery has been manufacturing high-quality industrial batteries for use in electric fork lifts, order pickers, pallet jacks, etc. They attribute their growth to their production of a high-quality product, their low overhead expenses and their aggressive approach to the industrial battery market.

“The constant regulations are both unfair and inefficient,” said Bulldog Battery President Norman Benjamin. “Compliance with governmental rules is a costly and time-consuming burden and we appreciate Rep. Walorski taking time to hear from our employees how this affects our business and thank her for all that she does to fight on our behalf in Congress.”

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.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.”

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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