Openmarket.org: No, Legislative Fixes to Obamacare Weren’t Blocked by the GOP
As Obamacare’s implementation went badly enough that it was mocked by comedians on late-night TV, a search for excuses began. The result was the now commonplace, and false, claim that whatever has gone wrong with Obamacare, it’s the GOP’s fault, for blocking legislative fixes to the law.
But the GOP did not block legislative fixes, and neither the Obama administration nor Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have even offered any legislative fixes. > Read more
Globalwarming.org: Is OIRA Taking EPA to the Woodshed over Carbon Pollution Standard?
Today marks three months and ten days since EPA transmitted the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard, a regulation that would effectively ban coal-fired power plants, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. The unusual delay suggests that EPA’s signature climate policy is enduring the bureaucratic equivalent of a spanking. And if OIRA indeed is taking EPA to the woodshed over the agency’s flawed Carbon Pollution Standard, there’s a distinct possibility that the rule might change significantly when it is (finally) published in the Federal Register.> Read more
It may have been a short work week because of the holidays, but regulators still found the time to add nearly 2,000 pages to the Federal Register. With two work days to go in 2013, it stands just 280 pages, or one average day, short of last year’s hefty total of 78,961 pages.