Oh, good: Obama admin just sitting on a bunch of new regulations
posted at 7:31 pm on November 2, 2012 by Erika Johnsen
As if it isn’t enough that the Obama administration is severely outpacing his predecessors in terms of regulation-output, the NJ is out with a report detailing all of the new-and-exciting regulations the Obama administration is just waiting out the election to write. I don’t suppose this could have anything to do with why they’ve conspicuously failed to comply with the law by producing a regulatory outlook every six months, could it?
Federal agencies are sitting on a pile of major health, environmental, and financial regulations that lobbyists, congressional staffers, and former administration officials say are being held back to avoid providing ammunition to Mitt Romney and other Republican critics.
Despite looming legislative deadlines in the Affordable Care Act, court deadlines requiring environmental-protection rules, and a financial industry awaiting clarification on key reform details, the pace of regulatory release has slowed by almost half. The drop-off stands out not just compared to earlier years of Obama’s term but also compared to other years in which presidents are running for reelection, according to analyses from experts at George Mason and George Washington universities.
The administration has also failed to release a required regulatory outlook document, describing its regulatory agenda. Such documents are supposed to be published every six months; the most recent one was published in January, making this the longest lag between outlooks since the deadline schedule was created in 1994.
Yes, but it’s the “Republican obstructionism” preventing Obama from doing even more that is ostensibly the source of our crummy economy. Riiiiiiight.