Report: Obama cut back substantially on ‘economically significant’ regulations in October

“If Obama wins, the EPA would have another four full years to implement their anti-fossil fuel agenda,” Conn Carroll wrote for the Examiner. “But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo.”

OIRA, the division of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that reviews regulations like these, is supposed to provide for each “economically significant” regulation “an analysis on its economic impact, its impact on the state vs. federal power (federalism), as well as analysis like its impact on Indian Tribes, the federal paperwork burden, and whether it creates an unfunded mandate.” 

OIRA is also supposed to issue a report each spring and fall “on upcoming regulations called the ‘Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.’”

“The last report should have been released in June, but it’s November already and no report,” the ALG report adds. “Congressmen have been demanding its release for months.”

Because the administration won’t release the report, House Education and Workforce Committee chairman Rep. John Kline issued a statement, which is quoted in the ALG report, asking: “What is the president trying to hide? The American people deserve better than an imperial presidency that flouts the law and hides its regulatory ambitions.”

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