Every president is concerned with the legacy they will leave from their time in office. After two years in the White House, Joe Biden’s legacy is starting to take shape. Unfortunately for President Biden – and everyday Americans – his legacy will not ultimately be any of his few bi-partisan policy accomplishments like infrastructure. Instead, his administration is heading for a legacy of government overreach and abuse of executive power.
Millions of Americans are already feeling the pain of his Administration’s rule. Rather than passing meaningful legislation through Congress, as our Constitution outlines, This Administration has set a precedent of subverting the legislative process altogether. As a result, our freedom is restricted, economic growth is stifled, job creators are faced with workforce challenges, and entrepreneurs wrestle with increasingly burdensome regulations that inhibit their efficiency.
Americans should not (and will not) accept President Biden’s continued efforts to direct appointed leaders of federal agencies to jam through unpopular policy initiatives that are obviously outside their constitutional authority. While regulations are necessary to protect public health and safety, laws should be negotiated and passed by duly elected members of Congress – not appointed officials.
Since taking office, Biden has sought to cancel domestic oil and gas production and advance harmful progressive policies through agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Federal Trade Commission. This regulatory overreach undoubtedly has a significant negative impact on America’s business community, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. With more red tape comes increased costs, reduced competitiveness, and job losses.
If there was any question about the extent of how much trouble these policies are causing, just look at the Democrats’ desire to engage in discussions on permitting reform. Even they recognize the problems our overextended government is causing for businesses.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress have been pushing back on Biden since his inauguration. But even after securing a slim majority in the House, our conservative lawmakers can only do so much to protect hard-working Americans from the heavy hand of the Biden Administration. However, Republicans partnering with allies who share their views on overregulation will give Americans a fighting chance to counter these efforts and preserve our way of life.
One such traditional ally is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Although some Republicans have been at odds with certain positions the Chamber has taken- like its stance on ESG. With the unprecedented acceleration of regulatory overreach these past two years, organizations like the Chamber are leveraging tools at their disposal to stop the government from getting in the way of American free enterprise. They should still be considered a strong strategic partner.
Last year, for example, they sued agencies like the FTC, SEC, and CFPB. The Chamber has vowed to leverage this tactic as often as needed to protect business interests, preserve innovation and competition, and position our economy for future growth. In recent weeks, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne P. Clark wrote for the Wall Street Journal about how the Chamber was prepared to sue the FTC over its attempt to ban noncompete clauses.
To their credit, The Chamber has been warning about the global consequences of overregulation for years, but to effectively combat this threat, Republicans and conservatives should stop fighting among themselves and start ramping up the pressure against regulatory overreach.
Republican lawmakers understand there is a long and meaningful list of policy priorities for Congress to tackle, but there is an equally long list of what the government should not do and overregulation is at the top. It is not the role of the government to direct the behavior of business, redistribute power in our economy, or undermine the competition that fuels free enterprise.
We have an administration determined to get its way, even if it means circumventing Congress and abusing its power. Republicans don’t have time for petty squabbles with the business community. America needs them to carry the Chamber’s message that regulatory overreach endangers America’s future prosperity.