By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama issued a written statement after the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 4850, the Enabling Energy Savings Act in a Saturday morning session.
Senator Sessions said, “We recently became aware of a federal requirement that was placing jobs at risk in Alabama. This requirement dictated that walk-in freezer doors had to use foam insulation, and as a result, it triggered a steep drop-off in orders of other kinds of walk-in freezer doors including those made by HH Technologies, Inc., which is a family-owned business in Bremen, Alabama. This was a life and death issue for this Alabama small business which provides a valuable product for our country and jobs in its community. The tragic irony is that, even though the Alabama product is believed to be superior, less costly, and more energy efficient than many of the freezer doors that use foam insulation, federal law essentially removed these Alabama-made doors from the marketplace.”
Senator Sessions said, “The bill we were able to pass this weekend will simply allow the Alabama company to compete. I am very pleased that we were able to obtain passage of this important legislation in a Senate energy bill, and I look forward to working with Congressman Aderholt and other members of Congress to ensure that this important bill becomes law as soon as possible.”
According to a paper by the Heritage Foundation the Barack H Obama administration has implemented 106 major new regulations during his first three years in office. The Heritage Foundation estimates that these new rules will increase regulatory costs by nearly $10 billion a year and will cost $6.6 billion to implement. These regulations will cost the American private sector $46 billion a year and $11 billion to implement. These costs ultimately get passed on to consumers.
Thousands of pages of new regulations authorized in the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the President’s CO2 regulation scheme are still being written. Oversights such as the HH Technologies freezer door situation are likely given the sheer volume of the new regulations being written by booming federal bureaucracies.
Senator Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III was elected to the Senate in 1996 after a lengthy legal career in which he served as U.S. District Attorney as well as Alabama Attorney General.