Agencies Set to Unleash Tsunami of Regulations after the Election

By:  Bob Adelmann
11/02/2012
       
Agencies Set to Unleash Tsunami of Regulations after the Election

After learning that the White House had failed to enforce the law in order to protect President Obama’s reelection chances from potential negative feedback, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote a letter dated October 25 asking the president to comply with the legal requirement that agencies publish their regulatory agendas on a semiannual basis.

After learning that the White House had failed to enforce the law in order to protect President Obama’s reelection chances from potential negative feedback, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote a letter dated October 25 asking the president to comply:

It has come to my attention … that the federal government is not adhering to [the legal requirement that agencies publish their regulatory agendas on a semiannual basis]. More specifically, your Administration has failed to publish its regulatory agenda since the fall of 2011.…

My primary concern is with the [Environmental Protection Agency's] refusal to be open and transparent about its regulatory agenda. Magnifying this concern is that the EPA, in what appears to be a string of politically motivated decisions, has “punted” or put on hold until after the election a number of economically damaging regulations, including greenhouse gas regulations, strict mandates for ground-level ozone, as well as guidance which seeks to expand greatly the EPA’s authority to regulate waters of the U.S.…

I request that you comply with the law and publish the federal government’s regulatory calendar this month.

Not surprisingly, Inhofe didn't hear back from the president by the October 31 statutory deadline, and published his outrage at the website of his Environment and Public Works committee where he is a ranking member:

President Obama is refusing to comply with the law that requires him to publish forthcoming regulations because he doesn’t want the American public to know the terrible cost of the regulatory barrage he plans to unleash in a second term. So instead of being honest with the American people about what’s in store if he wins, he’s been trying to hide the fact that he intends to move forward with a slew of rules that will destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs and dramatically raise the cost of energy on American families.…

The bottom line is that President Obama knows he can’t win reelection if Americans know the truth. It’s bad enough that he’s hiding his second term agenda — it’s even worse that he’s breaking the law to do it. The American people deserve more from their President.

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Photo: Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) spoke in a pasture owned by Gary Johnson in Waukomis, Okla. on August 23rd against the expansion of the Clean Water Act to authority over wet areas on private land: AP Images

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