Friday September 23, 2011 | 07:06 AM

Sen. Susan Collins will deliver the Republican address Saturday, the weekly rejoinder on radio and TV stations that the GOP gives in response to the address made by President Obama.

Each week, the GOP selects a different member of its party to deliver the address. Collins, R-Maine, is expected to talk about GOP job creation initiatives, including the contention by her and other Republicans – as well as some Democrats – that federal regulations are choking economic growth. The address can be seen on YouTube.

Collins has introduced several regulatory overhaul bills, including a one-year moratorium on “significant” new rules from being put into effect if those new regulations would get in the way of creating jobs and the economic recovery.

“No business owner I know questions the legitimate role of government in protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the public and employees. Far too often, however, our small businesses are buried under a mountain of paperwork, driving up costs and impeding growth and job creation,” Collins said in a statement prior to her Saturday radio address. She calls her one-year regulation moratorium a “common sense” proposal that would help create jobs.

Opponents of Collins’ measure say she and other regulatory reform proponents are offering a false argument, and that regulations offer more benefits so public health and safety and to the overall economy than they cost businesses to implement. Opponents such as the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards say that it was a lack of federal regulatory oversight that led to the collapse of the financial markets and the mortgage foreclosure crisis in 2008, as well as other recent environmental and safety disasters such as the BP Oil spill.

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