He is not done destroying America…..
The window is already closing on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, and agencies across the federal government are moving to crank out a slew of new rules before election year politics bring business in Washington to a virtual standstill.
Obama has made no bones about using the power of his office to accomplish his policy goals in lieu of congressional action, presiding over numerous controversial regulations in the energy, healthcare and financial sectors, among many others.
With more than a year left, the administration will continue to promulgate regulations until the clock runs out.
However, controversial rules in any administration tend to stall in election years. And proponents of stronger heath and safety protections fear that a GOP-controlled Congress could overturn rules issued at the tail end of the Obama administration, in the event that a Republican wins the White House next year.
They are instead hoping for a flurry of action this fall on regulations, many of which they see as long overdue.
Here are ten of the most highly anticipated rules likely to come down the pipeline in the remainder of 2015:
Tobacco: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to finalize its tobacco “deeming rule” to regulate all tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act, including electronic cigarettes and cigars.
Industry and advocacy groups have been pushing FDA to finalize the rule by the end of the summer, but with two weeks left in August all bets are now on September.
The agency has been slow from the start on issuing the rule, which would expand the FDA’s reach to a host of new products over which it has not previously asserted authority.
Congress gave FDA the power to regulate more tobacco products in the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention Act, but it took the agency until April 2014 to propose the rule.
Ozone: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final ozone standards were expected to go to the White House Office of Management and Budget this month for review.
In November, EPA proposed strengthening the acceptable concentration of smog from 75 parts per billion set in 2008 to a standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion. The agency is under court order to finalize the rule by Oct. 1.
Payday lending: In March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) gave a sneak peak at its plan to begin regulating the payday lending industry, outlining a framework for the rules.
The rules expected to be proposed this fall will likely force lenders to verify a consumer’s income, debt and borrowing history when determining their ability to repay a loan in full and still cover basic living expenses.
As part of the rule-making process, the CFPB must convene a review panel to assess the impact of the regulation on small businesses.
Chemical plants: The EPA could come through with its proposed revisions to the risk management plans at chemical facilities.