The top five Obama regulations that American businesses hate most

Top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa asked 150 industry groups which of President Obama’s regulations they think are impeding economic growth.

The results are in: On Monday, Issa released 1,947 pages of almost unreadable letters from a slew of trade associations specifying complaints on government regulations that reach almost every part of American industry.

The letters are boring because they tackle highly technical subjects. For instance, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association warned that an update to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) on the chemical formaldehyde could negatively impact economic growth.

But those letters are important because millions – sometimes billions – of dollars are at stake to businesses that drive the American economy.

In the case of the formaldehyde IRIS update, the issue is a study on the cancer risks of formaldehyde, a chemical used in $145 billion worth of products in the U.S. and Canada each year, according to an industry group defending the chemical.

From more than 100 different new regulations either proposed or finalized by the Obama administration, these are the five business groups hate the most, based on the number of separate organizations that wrote Issa to recommend he look into them:

1. EPA climate change regulations

Though cap and trade was defeated in Congress, the EPA is sprinting to finalize its own regulations that would mandate reduced carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse gasses” scientists think are warming the planet.

Besides whether the EPA should be addressing global warming without a congressional mandate, the mechanism Obama plans to use is particularly burdensome. Environmentalists originally used the EPA-only approach as a threat to spur congressional action, thinking the doomsday scenario of that plan going forward would spur Republicans and industry groups to come to the negotiating table. That didn’t work, and now the regulations are going forward.

Thirty separate industry groups wrote Issa about the EPA’s “tailoring rule,” a legally questionable approach to limit the regulations to only major factories and industrial facilities. If the tailoring rule falls in court, six million new facilities would be subject to EPA regulations for the first time, including more than 3 million single-family homes. That would be regulatory Armageddon, even according to the EPA.

Twenty-three groups wrote about the regulations on the big industrial facilities to control for carbon dioxide emissions. Groups warn the regulations will be costly and unworkable.

2. OSHA’s “occupational noise” regulation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a new regulation in October that would have put strict new regulations on the volume of noise experienced by workers on the job.

But the outcry over the cost and feasibility of the new regulations was so great the agency abandoned the regulation on Jan. 19, promising to start over after consulting with key members of Congress including Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Independent.

Still, industry groups are wary, and 29 of them wrote Issa about where the Obama administration is heading on this issue. The groups concerned about the matter include a who’s who of manufacturing sectors such as the American Iron and Steel Institute and the National Tooling and Machining Association.

  • jmk1502

    Under-regulation led to the Great Depression and the Great Recession: regulations?? WHO NEEDS STINKIN’ REGULATIONS!! Because we all know large companies and corporations are just oh so concerned about things other than the bottom line and would NEVER consume themselves and their investors with greed.

  • blatantplayer

    The lead renovation impacts me directly. It is hard to believe that real live grownup individuals wrote that mess. It has and will continue to cost construction companies plenty of money – all at a time when construction can least afford to assume any additional costs. This regulation resulted in additional training, paperwork, paperwork tracking, and testing. At least this ridiculous piece of sophistry has been daylighted.

  • ojfl

    Over regulation leads to informal economy. The story is as old as mankind and these brilliant politicians should know it. It is not like there is a lack of examples in the world.

  • mr.kittycat


    Last time I checked if you wanted a bleeding heart, go get a transplant or talk to a Liberal. If you cannot find a Liberal, your kids Guidance Counselor would suffice. Take from the rich and give to the poor! Look what happened to Robin Hood, wait, this guy had cunning and skill sure not what the idiots in DC have for sure.

  • Drahcir

    Why don’t we just let them pass all the regulations they want.They would be So Happy.All smiling and waving. As business leaves to find a better location.

    I say to thee…..Hell No!!

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  • Tess_Comments

    Stop adding regulations to business.
    If regulations that are already in effect were followed for the deep water oil drilling, we may not have had the gulf oil spill.
    Enforce or repeal and Do Not add any new Regulations.
    It is time to create a productive environment in the USA for Free Enterprise.
    Why inflict regulations on the USA and then buy products from other countries that produce without regulations.

    Why buy products from other countries that use pesticides that destroy the environment?