Congressman Chris Gibson voted for a measure last week that aims to assess the effects of federal regulations on jobs and economic growth.
According to Gibson's staff, the resolution had widespread bipartisan support, passing the House of Representatives by a vote of 391-28.
Gibson says economic growth relies heavily on eliminating overbearing and onerous regulations.
"The simple fact is federal regulations have increased the cost of doing business and destroyed jobs," he said.
The Republican from Kinderhook says he's spoken with small business owners and farmers from across New York's 20th Congressional District - he says a constant theme in those discussions is the damaging effect of too much regulation.
"We need to apply some common sense to the regulatory power of federal agencies," Gibson said, noting that he believes last week's resolution is an "excellent first step."
According to Gibson, the resolution directs standing committees in Congress to "inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders" from federal agencies as they pertain to issues like job creation and economic growth.
Speaking on the House floor last week, Gibson used the example of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulation that would treat spilled milk the same as an oil spill.
That regulation, Gibson says, leads directly to additional costs for dairy farmers.
Gibson also points to a recent study conducted by the Heritage Foundation that shows 43 major regulations imposed in fiscal year 2010 led to an economic cost of $26.5 billion.
Meanwhile, Gibson is co-sponsoring the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, also known as the REINS Act. The legislation, Gibson says, aims to require an up-or-down vote in Congress on all major rules issued by federal agencies.
Gibson notes the bill wouldn't require congressional approval of all rules and regulations - just those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more.
"Now, the rules are often approved with little scrutiny," Gibson said.
Democrat Bill Owens, who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District, also voted for last week's resolution.
He says House committees should already be looking for overbearing regulations, noting that the recently-passed measure essentially reinforced that practice.
Owens says his staff is actively engaged in identifying regulations that aren't practical. For example, Congress was recently approached by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration about a new noise abatement regulation at manufacturing facilities.
"And we wrote to OSHA and said, 'give us the science behind this,'" Owens said. "If you're going to make a change like this that's going to increase cost, we want to know what the science is and we want to know what potential damage is being done to employees, and whether or not there's an alternative approach. OSHA then promptly withdrew the regulation."
Owens says that leads him to believe, unfortunately, that the regulation was costly and perhaps not even necessary.
Like Gibson, Owens is speaking out against the milk spill regulation for farmers. In fact, he co-signed a letter to the EPA opposing the measure.
Owens says he hasn't seen Gibson's bill that would require congressional approval for regulations resulting in more than a $100 million economic impact.
He said the House shouldn't micromanage federal agencies - but he says he'll look at the bill to determine whether or not it's appropriate.