House Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Save Jobs and Protect American Businesses from Excessive Regulation

October 6, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives declared another victory today in its ongoing battle against destructive regulation with passage of H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act. The measure passed the full House with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 262 to 161.

H.R. 2681, authored by Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Mike Ross (D-AR), will protect the domestic cement manufacturing industry from costly new rules issued by the EPA, which currently threaten widespread plant closures and thousands of American jobs. This legislation provides a remedy to EPA's flawed cement MACT rules with a directive to EPA to propose achievable standards and timelines. This legislation will ensure public health and the environment is protected without sacrificing jobs. 

"President Obama likes to talk about the need to invest in our nation's infrastructure and this bipartisan legislation will remove regulatory barriers to growth in the construction and cement manufacturing industries," said Sullivan. "The bottom line is that if EPA's Cement MACT rules are not revised, thousands of jobs will be lost due to cement plant closures and higher construction costs. These rules threaten to shut down up to 20 percent of the nation's cement manufacturing plants in the next two years, sending thousands of jobs permanently overseas and driving up cement and construction costs across the country.  Additionally, the Portland Cement Association estimates it will cost $3.4 billion - half of the industry's annual revenues - just to comply with EPA's current Cement MACT rule."