Obama admin finally releases their regulatory agenda — and only eight months late

posted at 1:01 pm on December 22, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

By law, the federal government is required to release a semi-annual unified regulatory agenda in which all agencies must catalog their rule-making intentions for the upcoming year, in order that the American people can anticipate, object, and/or plan for them before they actually happen. Hem, hem:

The American people deserve a regulatory system that works for them, not against them: a regulatory system that protects and improves their health, safety, environment, and well-being and improves the performance of the economy without imposing unacceptable or unreasonable costs on society; regulatory policies that recognize that the private sector and private markets are the best engine for economic growth; regulatory approaches that respect the role of State, local, and tribal governments; and regulations that are effective, consistent, sensible, and understandable. … As part of the Unified Regulatory Agenda, beginning in 1994, each agency shall prepare a Regulatory Plan (Plan) of the most important significant regulatory actions that the agency reasonably expects to issue in proposed or final form in that fiscal year or thereafter.

But heck, what are things like ‘openness’ and ‘oversight’ and ‘legal requirements’ to The Most Transparent Administration, Evah? They’re more like… guidelines than actual rules.

For months now, lawmakers have been complaining about the Obama administration’s glib dismissal of their explicitly promised commitment to transparency and their blithe failure to publish either a spring or a fall regulatory agenda — which is even worse when you consider the fact that his administration has been rolling out new regulations at an economically soul-crushing pace. Wouldn’t want to start circulating anything that might damper the president’s chances ahead of the election, especially with all the mega-rules of Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare still unwritten, now would we?

But, lo and behold, the Obama administration finally released their regulatory agenda, on Friday afternoon — just as everybody was leaving town for the four-day Christmas holiday. A convenient accident of timing, or one of the most news-dumpy Friday news dump, ever?

After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year.

The administration put out its notice, called the unified regulatory agenda, online around 3 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, after most lawmakers had left town. The proposed rules cover everything from power plant pollution to health-care standards to workplace safety. Critics who accuse President Obama of being an overzealous regulator said the timing of the announcement was no accident.

“President Obama has earned a permanent spot on the disclosure naughty list as his administration dumped their entire regulatory agenda out to the public when everyone else was celebrating the holidays,” said Rick Manning, communications director for Americans for Limited Government. “The late Friday dump cannot be good news for those concerned about the regulatory overreach that this administration has become renowned for.”

Merry flipping Christmas, America.


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Keep pitchforks on the ready.

petefrt on December 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

The American people deserve a regulatory system that works for them, not against them

Leave us the hell alone.

darwin on December 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

How many ways do I hate bho/team, let me count the ways!

Total control and crater of the US is bho/team’s final end game? And the way things are going, they just might do it? NO ONE in dc seems to want to stop them, sure not our elected!
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letget on December 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

A liberals dream … stacks and stacks of regulations telling them what they can and can’t do. Obviously the “can’t do” stack is much, much taller than the “can do” stack.

Liberals obviously hope all these new regualtions will stick it to “evil” businesses.

darwin on December 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“Rules” are for marking straight lines, and for lesser mortals. Not the god-king.

RoadRunner on December 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

So the lazy retards who comprise Dog Eater’s administration finally got around to putting a sheet of paper on the Lead Retard’s desk to sign, and that was the first time Bark even saw it.

That fool’s been phoning it in since he started and wouldn’t be able to tell you the first 3 words on the document without having a lickspittle whisper it in his ear first.

Bishop on December 22, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Socialism is very similar to the serfdom of the middle ages, complete with an aristocracy and a peasant class. The aristocracy is pledged to take care of the peasants, and the peasants are pledged to remain peasants, giving whatever surplus they produce to their betters to do with as their betters wish.

claudius on December 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Now now… All we need is a little perspective.

Obama said he hoped that the coming holiday break would give all parties in the fiscal cliff debate some “perspective,” telling members of Congress to “cool off, drink some egg nog, sing some carols” and eat Christmas cookies. Obama and his family will leave for Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Only if I spike my egg nog.

Drained Brain on December 22, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Evidently it’s time to give Barry another transparency award.

In private, of course. Wouldn’t want to have the cameras catch all the laughing in the background.

GarandFan on December 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Welcome to the Stout Hemp Rope Party…

SWalker on December 22, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Emailed that out.

davidk on December 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

“These regs are needed because, shut up.”

davidk on December 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Emailed that out.

davidk on December 22, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Thank you.

SWalker on December 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I read where they’ve already written 13,000 pages of health care regulations – and they’re just getting started.

Way to go, America. You voted for this.

TarheelBen on December 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

But, lo and behold, the Obama administration finally released their regulatory economy-stifling agenda …

FIFM

Since this has to be the most transparently law-ignoring/-breaking/-creating federal Executive branch in history, I challenge Barry to ignore the 22nd Amendment and refuse to leave office in 2016 …

Probably nothing would happen but the now daily status quo/new-normalcy bias: cheers from the LSM, and crickets from so-called Republican Congressional “leaders” …

ShainS on December 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Guns and Bibles time.

Tim_CA on December 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Merry flipping Christmas, America.

I got to the end and had to look back up, yup, Erika. You’ve been a great addition this year, Ms. Johnsen.

Fallon on December 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Hey, better late than never. Not like it died in a ditch somewhere, right?

Go find a ditch to die in.
lostmotherland on December 21, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Nah, not like that at all, lost.

Bmore on December 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

If Congress wasn’t so willing to give away all their power to bureaucrats, this wouldn’t be necessary.

Everything is politicized nowadays because every law and regulation and tax is always up for grabs.

PattyJ on December 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Amerika gets the government it elects…

Let it burn…

Khun Joe on December 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM

doriangrey said,

Our Creed: A Fifth Column Treasonous Media Propagandist hanging from every streetlamp.

My back isn’t hurting ‘that’ bad! Count me in, even at MY age, I’m only too happy to lend a hand..? We can rent one of those E-Z Lift’s from an evil corporation to make the work go quicker!

Marshall_Will on December 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

PattyJ,

+1

Further, there aren’t exactly any technological ‘breakthroughs’ out there that REQUIRE reams of new regulation! At the rate Obozo is choking off innovation and new growth engines, we don’t see any particular need for the the foreseeable future…

Marshall_Will on December 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Write your regulations. I’m buying hollowpoints, too. You want to square off ? Think you can take over? You’ll have to kill all like me.

It’s coming to a head. Were going to have to fight.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

are there going to be enough walls to throw these people against when the time comes? or do we need a stimulus project for erecting walls?

tom daschle concerned on December 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

We can rent one of those E-Z Lift’s from an evil corporation to make the work go quicker!

Marshall_Will on December 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What a wonderfully evil capitalistic idea.. ;)

SWalker on December 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Timely and amusing OT link from Drudge:

Study: Mistletoe Effective Against Colon Cancer

Tim_CA on December 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

http://www.naturalnews.com/038407_ammunition_homeland_security_civil_war.html

davidk on December 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Well, that was frightening. Thanks.

Night Owl on December 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Enough rules. Edicts, regulations, executive orders, decrees, fines, fees, tariffs, taxes, ordinances, statutes, zoning laws, forms, files, permits, liscenses, tags, numbers, registrations, and on and on and on.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Enough rules. Edicts, regulations, executive orders, decrees, fines, fees, tariffs, taxes, ordinances, statutes, zoning laws, forms, files, permits, liscenses, tags, numbers, registrations, and on and on and on.

wolly4321 on December 22, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Don’t forget ukases.

Drained Brain on December 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

What a wonderfully evil capitalistic idea.. ;)

SWalker

We’ll negotiate a national account lease like School Bus Services and have the security deposit refund credited to an escrow account for The Conservative Just-a-Blogger’s Defense Fund.

Thankfully so many of The Treasonous have voluntarily fallen on their OWN sword, or laid themselves up permanently after throwing backs out from all that water carrying.

Marshall_Will on December 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

…rules for retards!

KOOLAID2 on December 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Resist We Much,

Like many picking up their children/grandkids, you pass by Christmas lights on display much to their delight but find yourself wondering, what’s the point?

Is business/celebrating “as usual” really the message we want to be sending DC and our State cap’s? Personally, I don’t think so. It was such a short time frame to organize anything, but I’m open to discussing organized blackouts/non-observance for upcoming holidays.

Thoughts..?

Marshall_Will on December 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

This is why we have a 2nd amendment.

Mr. Arrogant on December 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

This man is unreal.Just read a articular were Obama referred to himself 63 times in his eulogy for Senator Daniel Inuoye.Rush was right when he referred to Obama as a narcissist.God help us.

logman1 on December 22, 2012 at 3:27 PM

What is with these irritating Congress people, who think that they have some legislative oversight on His Imperial Majesty?
Why, next thing you know, there will be calls for the Court…er…White House to answer queries from the commoners…er…people.
Inconceivable.
Remember prolls, He Won!

Another Drew on December 22, 2012 at 6:41 PM

There needs to be some legal repercussions for this late release of regs. It’s time the law was enforced. I’m sick of the “elite” getting away with anything.

sadatoni on December 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

A liberals dream … stacks and stacks of regulations telling them what they can and can’t do. Obviously the “can’t do” stack is much, much taller than the “can do” stack.

Liberals obviously hope all these new regualtions will stick it to “evil” businesses.

darwin on December 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Perversely the original ‘can’t do’ document it’s all leveraged upon can fit in a shirt pocket. And the 10th Amendment which explicitly says they can’t do anything else not covered in the Can’t Do document, has been twisted to mean the exact opposite, as EPA tries to regulate rainwater runoff from farms.

rayra on December 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM