In recent telephone interviews, Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch both expressed support for Trump’s early efforts at deregulation, saying it will help shrink government and spur the economy.
“The last (Obama) administration wasn’t inclined to view the world as I do, but this one gets it,” Risch said. “They get that the regulatory burden is killing our competitiveness.”
Risch became chairman this year of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. The committee has oversight responsibility for the Small Business Administration; it also conducts investigations into the challenges facing smaller firms.
As chairman, Risch said his primary focus will be on “keeping the federal government away from small business as much as possible.”
“That’s the biggest complaint I hear,” he said. Business owners “don’t like taxes, but their biggest difficulty is dealing with all the regulations the federal government puts out.” William L. Spence/Lewiston Tribune Full story.