A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare is before a federal court today. A group of small business owners and individuals in six states is suing the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act, which will force them to pay exorbitant fines, cut back employees’ hours, or severely burden their businesses. The Federal District Court in Washington, DC will hear arguments on the case tomorrow; the plaintiffs’ case will be argued by Mike Carvin. > Read more
Rather than abide by the mushy list enumerated in the Unified Agenda, it would be far better if the agency gave priority to effectuating the will of the nation’s elected representatives. That is, it would be ideal if the agency deigned to do its job. > Read more
Forbes: Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations
The barely heard-of, twice-yearly Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, once upon a time, helped give researchers a sense of what the heck is going on with Washington bureaucracies’ regulations. Not so much anymore. Alas, the Unified Agenda is data, but no longer information.
As a cross-sectional snapshot of rules moving through the regulatory pipeline, the Agenda compiles agency-reported federal regulatory priority actions at several stages.
But it’s unclear what games are being played, and what the Agenda really means anymore. The biggest drop off in rules appears to be among those reported as “completed,” despite the number of rules finalized annually being rather constant, and despite the separate 2013 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations reporting that costs for the prior fiscal year are the highest they’ve been since 2002 (up to $19.5 billion). But you better believe the administration claims “net benefits” of its rules are way up there. > Read more > Interview Wayne Crews