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require Federal agencies to assess the impact of Federal action on jobs and job
opportunities, and for other purposes.IN THE SENATE OF
THE UNITED STATES
June 16, 2011
BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. ISAKSON, and Mr. VITTER) introduced the following bill;
which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental
To require Federal agencies
to assess the impact of Federal action on jobs and job opportunities, and for
Be it enacted by the Senate and House
of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
1. SHORT TITLE.
This act may be cited as the `Employment Impact
Act of 2011'.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
The purposes of
this Act are the following:
(1) To declare that the impact
of Federal regulations on jobs and job prospects in the United States is a significant
and relevant consideration to all Federal regulatory policy actions and henceforth
should be taken into account by Federal regulators when they decide to take actions
under their respective statutory authorities.
express the concern of Congress that Federal regulators consider the cumulative
impact of multiple proposed Federal regulations on jobs and jobs prospects in
the United States and that the cumulative impact of such regulations should be
given all due consideration and weighed in the balance with the other purposes
sought to be achieved by such regulatory measures.
DUTY TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL ACTION ON JOBS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES.
(a) In General- The Congress authorizes and directs, to the fullest extent possible,
that all agencies of the Federal Government shall--
a systematic, interdisciplinary approach which shall insure the integrated use
of the relevant fields of research and learning in planning and decisionmaking
which may have an impact on jobs and job opportunities;
(2) identify and develop methods and procedures, in consultation with the Council
on Economic Advisors, Office of the President, which will insure that presently
unquantified impacts on job and job opportunities may be given appropriate consideration
in decisionmaking along with environmental and other considerations; and
(3) include in every recommendation or report on proposals for legislation and
other major Federal actions with potentially significant effects on jobs and job
opportunities, a jobs impact statement as described in subsection (b).
(b) Jobs Impact Statement-
(1) CONTENTS- A jobs impact statement
required under subsection (a) shall include a detailed statement by the responsible
(A) the impact of the proposed action
on jobs and job opportunities, including an assessment of the jobs that would
be lost, gained, or sent overseas as a result of the proposed action;
(B) any adverse effect on jobs and job opportunities which could not be avoided
should the proposal be implemented;
and modifications to the proposed action that could avoid negative impacts on
jobs and job opportunities; and
(D) the relationship
between any local short-term impacts on jobs and job opportunities and the maintenance
and enhancements of long-term productivity and environmental values.
(2) CONSULTATION WITH RELEVANT FEDERAL AGENCIES- Prior to preparing a jobs impact
statement, the responsible Federal official shall consult with and obtain the
comments of any Federal agency which has jurisdiction by law or special expertise
with respect to any jobs or job opportunities impacts involved. Copies of such
statement and the comments and views of the appropriate Federal, State, and local
agencies that are authorized to develop and enforce policies and programs relevant
to jobs and job opportunities, shall be made available to the Council of Economic
Advisors and to the public as provided by section 552 of title 5, United States
Code, and shall accompany the proposal through the existing agency review process.
(3) CUMULATIVE IMPACT OF PROPOSED ACTIONS- In determining the impact of a proposed
action on jobs and job opportunities, the responsible Federal official shall take
into account the cumulative impact on jobs and job opportunities of concurrently
pending proposals affecting a particular industry or sector of the economy, and
shall not make a finding of no significant impact solely on the basis of examining
the impacts of a single proposal in isolation from other pending proposals.
(4) COMBINING ENVIRONMENTAL AND JOB IMPACT STATEMENTS- A jobs impact statement
required under this Act may be combined with a detailed statement of environmental
impacts required to be prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of
1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), if both statements are required with respect to
the same proposed action.
SEC. 4. CONFORMITY OF ADMINISTRATIVE
All agencies of the Federal Government shall review
their present statutory authority, administrative regulations, and current policies
and procedures for the purpose of determining whether there are any deficiencies
or inconsistencies therein which prohibit full compliance with the purposes and
provisions of this Act, and shall propose to the President not later than one
year after enactment of this Act, such measures as may be necessary to bring their
authority and policies into conformity with the intent, purposes, and procedures
set forth in this Act.
SEC. 5. NO JUDICIAL REVIEW OF JOBS IMPACT
Implementation of this Act, including a jobs impact
statement prepared in accordance with this Act, shall not be subject to judicial