Obama Admin. Ignores Legal Deadline To Disclose Regulatory Plans, Economic Impact - Again

By Craig Bannister | November 1, 2012 | 3:23pm EDT

As of today, the Obama administration has missed its second straight legal deadline for disclosing its regulatory plans and their economic impact to Congress and the American public. No previous administration has ever failed to produce the report even once.

Every administration is legally required to publish a report each April and October in the Federal Register to inform Congress and the public of the administration’s regulatory agenda and its potential economic impact. The requirement is part of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980.

Other administrations have been late, but have never failed to issue the legally required report and Pres. Clinton even issued an Executive Order on compliance.

After the administration failed to produce its April 2012 report, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote to Pres. Obama asking for compliance with the October deadline – to no avail.

Other congressmen and House committee members have also written to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator asking that the law be followed and the report produced.

The last time the Obama administration complied with this law was when it published its fall 2011 report (due in October).

A Senate minority report details the numerous EPA regulations the administration has put on hold until after the November elections and explains how they “spell doom” for jobs and the economy.

Additionally, the legal foundation headed by radio host Mark Levin has even filed a lawsuit against the EPA in order to obtain information about the regulations being delayed until after election.

Today, Sen. Inhofe blasted the administration for refusing to produce the legally mandated report yet again:

“President Obama is refusing to comply with the law that requires him to publish forthcoming regulations because he doesn’t want the American public to know the terrible cost of the regulatory barrage he plans to unleash in a second term.”

“So instead of being honest with the American people about what’s in store if he wins, he’s been trying to hide the fact that he intends to move forward with a slew of rules that will destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs and dramatically raise the cost of energy on American families.”

U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) also blasted the Obama administration, accusing it of obstructing the committee's inquiries:

"The Obama administration continues to play a game of regulatory hide-and-seek with the American people. Current law was designed to protect the public's right to know about rules and regulations being crafted behind the closed doors of the federal bureaucracy."

"Instead of providing the facts, the administration has obstructed the committee's search for answers. What is the president trying to hide? The American people deserve better than an imperial presidency that flouts the law and hides its regulatory ambitions."

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