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Congress, President focus on red tape

The White House and some members of Congress say they are trying to get rid of red tape for the nation's businesses.

The White House launched a "Startup America" campaign with the goal of "knocking down barriers in the path of men and women in every corner of this country hoping to take a chance, follow a dream, and start a business," the President said. The initiative aims to get more venture capital to small businesses, and boost entrepreneurial activity generally, including in low-income areas.

This comes on the heels of the President's mid-January request to federal agencies to review regulations with the goal of getting rid of "absurd and unnecessary paperwork requirements that waste time and money ... and do more to account for -- and reduce -- the burdens regulations may place on small businesses. Small firms drive growth and create most new jobs in this country. We need to make sure nothing stands in their way," the President wrote in a Wall Street Journal column last month.

The National Restaurant Association has submitted a list of some key federal regulations that concern us to Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He's asked hundreds of associations to give him examples of regulatory burdens their industries face.

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