Hochul Presses House Speaker Boehner to Move Quickly on Plan to Streamline Federal Government

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM EDT

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Hochul Presses House Speaker Boehner to Move Quickly on Plan to Streamline Federal Government

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM EDT

Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- In an effort to streamline services for local businesses, New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Monday sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner pushing him to develop and execute a plan to consolidate duplicative economic development agencies and programs in the federal government.

“Over the last few weeks I’ve met with over 50 businesses and Chambers of Commerce, and all of them agree that we must cut the red tape in our federal government, eliminate the redundancy, and make it easier for our businesses to get the support they need,” Congresswoman Hochul said in a news release. “Today, I sent a letter to Speaker Boehner, asking him to work with the President and Congress, in an effort to eliminate waste and provide more efficient services to the businesses that drive our economy.

Last week, President Obama identified an opportunity to innovate government and eliminate waste by combining six trade and commerce agencies – the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency – into one new agency. 

At a press conference today at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Representative Hochul and Chamber President Colleen DiPirro called for a reduction in government agencies that overlap and cause a confusing maze of federal bureaucracy for business owners.

“I’ve been dealing with businesses, small and large, for 32 years and the challenge that they face day-in and day-out is getting through government regulations,” DiPirro said in the news release.  “Having one-stop for business will not only save them money, but it will also save them a great deal of time.  And as we all know, in business, time is money.”

Hochul added, “Just like businesses must cut wasteful spending, innovate and streamline services to better serve their customers, the federal government must do the same.”