CEI Today: Obamacare in court, EPA's announced agenda, and the Obama regulation report

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In the News Today


Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Obamacare

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


> Interview Sam Kazman

> See also: USA Today story


Globalwarming.org: Conspicuously Absent from EPA’s Regulatory Priorities: “Doing Our Job”


Last week the Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs published the Fall 2013 Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, a twice-yearly summary of regulatory priorities as determined by each executive agency.

EPA’s Fall 2013 Statement of Priorities is notable for what makes the list, but especially so for what is left off it.

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.
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> Interview William Yeatman


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.
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> Interview Wayne Crews





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CEI President Lawson Bader

Amtrak – Another government-run disaster

Today, Amtrak survives on federal subsidies—some $40 billion over the past four decades. > Read more


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