October 30, 2008
The Washington Post reports today that the Bush administration in its waning days is "working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment." This notwithstanding White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton's May 9 memo setting a June 1, 2008, deadline for proposed new regulations, "[e]xcept in extraordinary circumstances." (Thanks to OMB Watch for the link.) The issue is nonpartisan: The article mentions a similar scramble--but to regulate, not deregulate--in the final days of the Clinton administration.
Here's some more material on Midnight Regulations (and good fodder for discussions on the unitary executive theory, separation of powers, and, well, plain old politics): Commentary by OMB Watch's ED Gary Bass is here; a discussion on NPR affiliate WAMU's Diane Rehm Show is here; ABC News reports here.
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