White House delayed a raft of regulations until after 2012 election

posted at 2:01 pm on December 15, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Let’s see a show of hands from all of you who are shocked – shocked, I say – to hear this one. Who could have possibly imagined that a series of heavy handed regulations being drawn up by the Executive branch might be delayed in 2011 and 2012 until Barack Obama was safely past his last election bid? I mean, they couldn’t sink that low, could they?

The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.

Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.

The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.

This is one of those cases which comes across as being so obvious that the White House isn’t even bothering making more than a token effort to respond. The best they came up with when asked during this investigation was, “the administration’s approach to regulatory review is consistent with long-standing precedent across previous administrations and fully adheres to federal rules.” Or, if you prefer for the common person’s translation service, hey, everybody else does it too.

But do they?

The number and scope of delays under Obama went well beyond those of his predecessors, who helped shape rules but did not have the same formalized controls, said current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic…

Previous White House operations have weighed in on major rules before they were officially submitted for review. But Jeffrey Holmstead, who headed the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation in the George W. Bush administration, said the effort was not as extensive as the Obama administration’s approach.

“There was no formalized process by which you had to get permission to send them over,” Holmstead said, referring to rules being submitted to the White House.

The OMB was taking more than 200 days to get some of the more onerous regulations approved in the year before the election. They’re claiming that things get busy and that’s just the way they fall on the calendar. So if that’s the case, the same situation should be applying now, right?

OMB has reduced the length of time that rules are pending this year. The agency has cut the number of rules that were under review for more than 200 days by more than half.

I’d say color me surprised but at this point I suppose nothing should really surprise us anymore.


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Thank you Sucka’s!

LeftCoastRight on December 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Most transparently lawless administration ever.

rbj on December 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Every regulation has a cost of compliance associated with it.

Every regulation is a tax.

Murphy9 on December 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.

Everything, yes everything, this Administration does is entirely and completely based on politics and their shared political ideology.

If it doesn’t benefit them politically or advance their ideology, it doesn’t get done. If they wish to undertake something to advance the ideology, but expect political ramifications, they will delay it until the political impact becomes immaterial.

That’s why Obamacare’s launch was delayed until 2013 and 2014. That’s why the Russian President reminded that after Nov 2012, Obama ‘would have more flexibility’.

Athos on December 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Every regulation has a cost of compliance associated with it.

Every regulation is a tax.

Murphy9 on December 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Exactly correct. Anything proposed by the Fed has a cost associated with it and we pay for it one way or another. Either through a direct tax or fee like the taxes and fees associated with purchasing an airline ticket, or indirectly through higher costs passed on to the consumer due to the increased regulatory burden on timekeeping contained in Obama Care.

Johnnyreb on December 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Every regulation has a cost of compliance associated with it.

Every regulation is a tax.

Murphy9 on December 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

…for some reason…they think the term “FEES“….is different!

KOOLAID2 on December 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

This should make his ratings in being trustworthy and honest skyrocket with those who already find him questionable.

tru2tx on December 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The liberals I know are still eating at the bullsh!t trough of Obama.
Still calling me a hater and racist for not loving president duh.

AllahsNippleHair on December 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

No decent or honest person would work for this Administration.

Hang them all – after fair and impartial trials, of course.

Adjoran on December 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Meanwhile back at the ranch ObamaCare is causing more death and human suffering. Please take a number and move to the Next window ->

SparkPlug on December 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

ObamaCare… Over 13 served. Millions severed.

SparkPlug on December 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Every regulation has a cost of compliance associated with it.

Every regulation is a tax.

Murphy9 on December 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

[T]he American economy faces some $1.8 trillion in annual regulatory costs, as our own estimates in the current edition of our Ten Thousand Commandments report show. To get a better handle on those costs, Congress should require the compilation of a federal regulatory report card similar to the presentation in Ten Thousand Commandments.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/2/crews-the-real-cost-of-federal-regulations/

davidk on December 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

No decent or honest person would work for this Administration.

Hang them all – after fair and impartial trials, of course.

Adjoran on December 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Somewhere, SWalker just threw his hands in the air.

Midas on December 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The Obama administration is like a teenager who has been caught doing something they knew was wrong “everyone else has done it.”

katiejane on December 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.

Boy, nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on December 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Cool article

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I said it, often, here – after 2013 obama is illegitimate, like Mugabe is in 2013…same tactics used.

Romney lost, with silky gloves. obama didn’t win the election.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

after 2013 2012 obama is illegitimate

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Lying liar lied?

I’m shocked.

It was coup simple as that.

jukin3 on December 15, 2013 at 2:44 PM

obama is like Mandela.

For starters he s/b in prison for 27 years.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

[T]he American economy faces some $1.8 trillion in annual regulatory costs, as our own estimates in the current edition of our Ten Thousand Commandments report show. To get a better handle on those costs, Congress should require the compilation of a federal regulatory report card similar to the presentation in Ten Thousand Commandments.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/2/crews-the-real-cost-of-federal-regulations/

davidk on December 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

That is real capital removed from the marketplace. Real capital that is not employing or innovating.

Murphy9 on December 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

This was well known before the election. Why the big outrage? Perhaps because it’s the Washington Post.

JimK on December 15, 2013 at 2:49 PM

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, especially after the remarks to Dmitri Medvedev of March, 2012 in Seoul, Korea that were caught on an open mike:

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

jix on December 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I. HATE. THESE. GUYS!

HiJack on December 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I’m shocked i tell you shocked!

gerrym51 on December 15, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Massive acts of civil disobedience are coming when agencies like the epa will simply be ignored.

Ellis on December 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Nothing this administration does surprises me. For them, it’s all about staying in power, and if any laws get in the way, so what? The ultimate goal is to make all of us serfs.

sadatoni on December 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

23% Pope Francis

21% Barack Obama

11% Ted Cruz

8% Edward Snowden

4% Vladimir Putin

3% John Boehner

3% Chris Christie

2% Miley Cyrus

2% Kate Middleton

1% Angela Merkel

1% Malala Yousafzai

1% Kathleen Sebelius

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Evil. They know the regs are destructive. And still pass them. They wish to destroy.

pat on December 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM

A real man/mensch died.

RIP.

Schadenfreude on December 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The GOP will emphasize and use this in the 2014 elections and…ha ha, I can’t keep a straight face while typing this.

Clink on December 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

No one listens to the GOP or their campaign commercials.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Wait until John Podesta, founder of C4AP, joins the WH crew. He is virulent about “climate change” issues. The executive regulations will be rolling out double time.

onlineanalyst on December 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM

No one listens to the GOP or their campaign commercials.

Rio Linda Refugee on December 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

The GOP Establishment doesn’t want to upset the press or alienate its friends across the aisle.

bw222 on December 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Regulations require a regulation writer.

Laws need a law writer.

The laws of physics need a physic’s law Writer.

davidk on December 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The GOP Establishment doesn’t want to upset the press or alienate its friends across the aisle.

bw222 on December 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Right. And its friends are across the aisle, in the Democratic Party.

Its friends are not in the Republican base, which is 90% white, Christian, mostly married and mostly working class. What does the GOP do for that base? It does not even try to secure them legal equality in education, jobs and housing. It wants more minority votes instead.

David Blue on December 15, 2013 at 7:05 PM

And that is why Republicans consistently run on a set of beliefs that they are all against once in power, with the Rubio Gang’s flip flop on amnesty being an unsurpassed example.

David Blue on December 15, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The difference is, Democrat scams, like the one this thread is about, are mostly about getting the goodies for their base or doing what the Democrat base wants, only in a more extreme form than the public would vote for if the whole big-government story was told.

The GOP is lying too, but its real agenda is not more of what is good for the base than the electorate wants, it’s harming the base and selling out more than the conservative base would vote for if the full truth was known.

David Blue on December 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The most transparent Presidency evah.

RdLake on December 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM