While you’re chatting drunkenly about Obamacare over your Thanksgiving turkey, the Obama Administration will be working overtime to make sure the 3,415 regulations they’ve plotted on their calendar go into effect,, since for the second year in a row, they’re socking you with the details of a massive Federal spending program on a holiday weekend in the hopes that you won’t notice.
This year, your holiday prize is the Federal Unified Agenda, which contains 189 new rules for running your life and costs a mere $100 million.
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.
Some of the rules won’t have an immediate impact on your life, unless you’re on a Rural Business Development grant, are concerned about scrapie in your sheep and goats, or enjoy reading up on pet food standards, and many of the rules won’t pass. There are, however, rules that definitely will impact the larger economic landscape, including a set of EPA rules that crack down on carbon emissions from new and existing coal power plants, and a Waters of the United States act that could spell disaster for the Gulf Coast. But hopefully between mouthfuls of green bean casserole and swigs of Wild Turkey, you’ll be too distracted by outrageous political discussions to have any time to read the rules.
At least, that seems to be what they’re hoping for.
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