Obama plans aggressive rulemaking push in final year in office
From NAM’s Manufacturing Economy Daily
The Hill (11/26, Wheeler) noted that the White House on Nov. 20 “quietly released its formal rulemaking schedule,” known as the fall Unified Agenda, and that President Obama “is moving to complete scores of regulations as he looks to cement key parts of his legacy in the face of a Republican-controlled Congress openly hostile to many of his top priorities.”
According to The Hill, the NAM “said it’s waiting for a number of final rules including a highly criticized rule requiring contractors to disclose labor law violations when procuring contracts.” Explaining that the association “is hoping the agencies give each rule the appropriate time needed to weigh the costs and benefits,” the story quoted NAM Vice President of Infrastructure, Legal and Regulatory Policy Rosario Palmieri as saying, “We think it’s important we do not rush rules that require more analysis or would be better, or more effective, or potentially less burdensome if they were thought through and analyzed in an appropriate way and given the appropriate time.”
Lawmakers Prepare To Tackle Difficult Issues Before Year’s End. The Hill (11/29, Carney) reported in its “Floor Action” blog that as lawmakers return to Washington, they’ll be “under pressure to wrap up their work on a full plate of divisive issues” and are “preparing for an end-of-the-year dash.” The coming battles “could challenge Republicans’ desire to show they can govern heading into the 2016 election,” while providing “fresh challenges” for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the story says. The Hill went on to list “the biggest issues that lawmakers still need to tackle,” including a highway bill, Syrian refugees, funding of government operations, and reconciliation involving the Affordable Care Act.
Deadline To Pass Spending Bill, Avoid Shutdown Approaches. With the deadline looming for Congress to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill and avert a government shutdown during the holidays, the AP (11/28, Taylor) reported on the 12 spending bills facing lawmakers and the various riders that have been attached, giving members their “last, best chance to push items on their agenda through” the House and Senate. The AP said Republican leaders are seeking to “take on” President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, new environmental regulations, and the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, adding that Democrats are likely to “ward off most of” those efforts.
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