White House quietly releases plans for 3,415 regulations ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

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Fox News: While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda– marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday– and right before a major holiday.
“It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday,” Matt Shudtz, executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, told The Hill newspaper.
The White House’s regulatory agenda for spring 2014 was released on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, when millions of people set out on weekend getaways or family vacations.
“It’s unfortunate because it’s an update on protections for Americans of all stripes,” Shudtz told the Hill. “It lays out the administration’s plan and it deserves more attention.”
But the White House may have a good reason to do so because its Unified Agenda for fall 2014 includes some 3,415 regulations– more than the last regulatory agenda, and one that includes 189 rules that cost more than $100 million.
One of the most contentious rules is the Environmental Protection Agency rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. According to the agenda, these rules will be finalized in 2015.
They have been criticized by Republicans and the coal industry for accelerating the demise of coal-fired power and for setting the stage for increases in electricity prices. Republicans, who are set to take control of the Senate next year, have vowed to fight EPA regulations.
“The president said his policies were on the ballot, and the American people spoke up against them,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. “It’s time for more listening, and less job-destroying red tape. Easing the burden already created by EPA regulations will continue to be a priority for me in the new Congress.”
But environmental groups and the EPA argue the rule will actually help lower utility bills and help fight global warming. “The good news is that we can afford to tackle the growing threat of climate change and, really, we can’t afford not to,” said Starla Yeh, a policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Doing the right thing will save money even as we protect our health, our communities and future generations.”
A more pressing EPA rule set to be finalized is the so-called coal ash rule for coal-fired power plants. A final rule will be issued by Dec. 19, and could be bad news for the power sector, which will bear the brunt of $20.3 billion in compliance costs.
But probably the most fought-over rules to be finalized by the EPA next year will be its redefining of the “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The EPA will issue its redefinition next year, according to the agenda.
Federal lawmakers from both parties, along with companies from virtually every sector of the economy, have opposed the rule, saying it greatly expands the EPA’s power to regulate even small bodies of water on private property.
“The ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter, adding “they want to take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country, while at the same time providing a new tool for environmental groups to sue private property owners.”
But the EPA says the rule is needed to clear up uncertainty over the EPA’s jurisdiction in the wake of two Supreme Court rulings. The EPA says “the decisions established important considerations for how those regulations should be interpreted” and that “[e]xperience implementing the regulations following the two court cases has identified several areas that could benefit from additional clarification through rulemaking.”
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0 responses to “White House quietly releases plans for 3,415 regulations ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

  1. And this is a surprise to … who?? I was just asked on SoadaHead, “Do you think leftist are detrimental to the fundamental way of life in America?” My response of course was “hell yes”. Yours might be more graphic. Obama is a crook, and more importantly a traitor. Not only does he lie all the time, but he even puts words in the mouth of the public. Saying that “we want more EPA rulings” is outrageous. I’m pretty sure there weren’t a lot of people that asked the USA to become closed down due to energy costs. And don’t even get me started on the water issue~~!!!!!

     
  2. We don’t need no more stinking regulations.
    -Dave

     
  3. As far as I’m concerned,the EPA is totally unnecessary,and needs to be closed down. All they stand for has been proven to be wrong-minded and unfounded,and they cost people billions of dollars per year in their push to exert more control on Americans,while hampering the ability of business to be productive.

     
  4. I hear that in oregon, that EPA stuff is already enacted, in case anyone here didn’t already know, oregon folk cannot collect rainwater as it is considered state property, not sure where washington stands. However my guess would be that the new EPA regulations would make a similar rule for the whole U.S.
    I also imagine there are more nasties stashed in those regulations to strip independence from the Citizenry, among other unpleasant things.

     
  5. control the food, control the water….control the people

     
  6. Watch out for the EPA. They are far more dangerous than they seem.

     
    • yep, they are an arm for monsanto and they have created a drought in CA…who know what more problems will be created by them with more power to take land/water

       
  7. With all the power they have grabbed, you could end up being died by regulation in no time!

     
  8. Thank you, DCG, for alerting us to this avalanche of stealth federal rules and regulations. We tend to get sidetracked by the misdeeds of the White House and Congress, when it’s the godzilla Administrative State — with its unelected (and therefore unaccountable) bureaucrats and its millions of administrative rules and regulations that have the force of law (never passed by Congress or any elected legislative body) — that is the REAL threat to the Republic and to democracy.

     

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