ON MONDAY, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) set the fall agenda for the GOP House. Tops on his list was the delay, weakening or repeal of 10 “job-destroying” regulations, seven of which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing.
On Friday, the White House announced that it was halting the EPA’s work on one of those seven, an update to federal rules on ozone pollution. Speculation ensued about President Obama blinking in the face of GOP pressure and postponing a politically tough decision past the 2012 elections. The White House insisted that it was merely doing what Republicans accuse it of refusing to do: minimizing unnecessary regulatory burdens. The EPA is planning to revise the ozone rules again for 2013 or shortly thereafter, officials argued; why force businesses to adapt twice in two years?