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Kurt Bills on Government Reform

 


Cut bureaucracy so they won't dream up new regulations

Bills blamed an overgrown bureaucracy for problems. He said many federal workers have nothing else to do but sit around and think of new regulations. He said he does not think Congress needs to take action to reduce regulations because cutting the bureaucracy would give federal workers less time to dream up new ones.

Klobuchar said regulations should be examined on an industry-by-industry basis, and crafted to allow businesses to grow "while keeping strong safety & health regulations," she said.

Source: West Central Tribune on 2012 MN Senate debate , Oct 20, 2012

Cut more than $23B from regulatory agencies & help farmers

Klobuchar talked about her work on the Senate Agriculture Committee, using it to highlight her experience on agricultural issues. The first-term senator, elected in 2006, tied each of her farm bill answers to work she'd done on specific provisions. She also underscored the legislation's roughly $23 billion in cuts over the next decade and noted the bipartisan process that got it through the Senate.

"I really think we need to go even further," Bills responded, arguing for drastic cuts in the regulatory agencies that oversee farmers to "push back" against the government intervention in the private sector.

Source: MinnPost.com on 2012 MN Senate debate , Aug 8, 2012

Cut $23B from farm regulatory agencies in Farm Bill

Klobuchar talked about her work on the Senate Agriculture Committee, using it to highlight her experience on agricultural issues. The first-term senator, elected in 2006, tied each of her farm bill answers to work she'd done on specific provisions. She also underscored the legislation's roughly $23 billion in cuts over the next decade and noted the bipartisan process that got it through the Senate.

"I really think we need to go even further," Bills responded, arguing for drastic cuts in the regulatory agencies that oversee farmers to "push back" against the government intervention in the private sector.

Source: MinnPost.com on 2012 MN Senate debate , Aug 8, 2012

End federal subsidies; they end up in campaign coffers

Government subsidies generate bureaucracies that further ramp up the cost of government. Politicians like subsidies because it means more lobby money comes to Washington DC and finds its way to their campaign coffers. The federal government has created more than 2000 subsidies since 1980. I will work to eliminate as many as I can. I believe we will experience more growth when Main Street Minnesotans are making the economic investment decisions, not Washington bureaucrats.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, kurtbills.com , Jun 1, 2012

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