GOP takeover of House would move White House focus to regulation

The Chamber report listed 16 substantive such sub-regulatory programs currently in place. The “We Can Help” program, for example, was launched by the Department of Labor, after meetings with labor officials, employee rights groups, and representatives of the plaintiff’s bar. The Chamber noted that the program has not yet created any new procedures or rules.

In the realms of health care and financial regulation, the twin bills passed within the last year establish sweeping rule-making powers for federal agency officials in Washington. The health care bill has handed significant new authorities to the Department of Health and Human Services, while the financial regulation bill established an entirely new federal bureaucracy, the Consumer Protection Agency, with broad powers to oversee private enterprise.

Most of the rules and regulations under these two bills have yet to be written or disclosed publicly.

The White House declined to comment on whether their energy and focus will turn next year to establishing a regulatory regime in lieu of passing legislation. But Democratic allies said the president would be well within his rights to do so.

“The president has vast executive and regulatory authority, and he should use it. It will be amusing when Republicans who supported Bush authorizing torture by executive order suddenly find it outrageous for Obama to, say, regulate pollution by EO,” said veteran Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who was an adviser to former President Bill Clinton.

But Karl Rove, who advised former President Bush throughout a presidency dominated by questions about executive powers, said that while “the president’s field of action in foreign affairs is broad, it is much more limited and at risk of congressional restraint in the domestic arena.”

This, Rove said in an e-mail, is where Republican control of the House would be a big deal.

“Rules can be overturned or blocked by congressional action. They can be tied up or sued in court. Agencies can be defunded or their budgets crimped. Executive branch officials outside the White House can be called before Congress to explain,” he said.

Weber laid out the coming clash in more detail.

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  • truebearing

    Get ready to see the deranged rules of Cass Sunstein, Obama’s Regulation Czar. This is someone so radical in his environmental delusions that he wants to give animals the right to sue people. He doesn’t seem to think they should be able to sue each other however.

    Sunstein wants to end all hunting. he opposes the 2nd Amendment, and is antagonistic to the Ist Amendment. I guess that means he is opposed to rights for humans, but animals should have rights. He wants a kind of fairness doctrine for the internet, which would mean that we wouldn’t be commentijng for long, if he gets his way.

    Sunstein will be the 2nd most powerful person in this country after the Demoncrats get their asses kicked in November, and he will add tremendously to the damage done by Obama’s evil administration.

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  • libertyatstake

    “…you can believe that they really believe they are a transformational presidency and they’re just going to carry on through a regulatory apparatus…”

    Believe It.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    • libertyatstake

      Which, of course, is why Rep. (Chairman) Issa will be a most important player in the next movement of this drama.

      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • sunnyr

    I can see it is going to be a battle ROYAL for the next two years. We have to cut this Marxist Moonbat off at every turn. Defund his destructive Bills and start the abolishment of the parasitic, corrupt UNIONS this idiot loves so well. They have no place in government and the bill that JFK signed to allow these maggots to infiltrate our govennment should be overturned and made null and void. Watch this corrupt administration every minute. They are evil!!

  • baal

    Simply defund those agencies.

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  • johno413

    And all out budget war like some comments suggest will only guarantee re-election for the president. Once the power shifts in Congress the president always looks more vulnerable to the public. And this administration’s political team has proven since day one they will take advantage of every opportunity. Already he is “treated like a dog,” in his own words.

    It will take finesse from the Congress to both prevent some key destructive actions (regulations) as well as move the country towards recovery. Should they get power, there will be plenty of room for them to fail and in turn increase the popularity of Obama. They must focus on the details and not just starve the funds. They need to continue to win the public relations battle in the eye of the voter’s as well. So, the long spoken but almost never acted upon mantra of transparency could become one tool of choice.