CEI Today: Federal regulations growing, EPA targets Arizona, Obamacare lawsuit, and labor union violence

Thursday, July 3, 2014
In the News Today


CEI.org: The Expanding Code of Federal Regulations

Since 1975, the total pages in the complete CFR have grown from 71,224 to 175,496 at year-end 2013, including the 1,170-page index.

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Uncooperative Federalism: EPA Issues 51st Clean Air Act FIP of the Obama Age

Last Friday, EPA Region issued a pre-publication version of the agency’s 51st regulatory takeover of a state Clean Air Act program. This time, the victim was Arizona. To be precise, the agency imposed visibility improvement requirements, known as
Regional Haze, on at a number of stationary sources in Arizona.

Compliance will cost the affected entities millions of dollars; the “benefits,” alas, are apparitional. The regulation won’t engender a discernible improvement in visibility. > Read more

> See also: Primer: The Ongoing Controversy over Whether Clean Air Act §111(d) Authorizes EPA’s Clean Power Plan

> Interview an expert


Halbig v. Burwell

Jonathan Turley wrote in the Los Angeles Times this week that an imminent Obamacare lawsuit, is a "far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare" than Hobby Lobby. Halbig vs. Burwell challenges IRS implementation of the law's penalties and subsidies as applied to states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. A decision is expected very soon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest," Turley predicted.

Michael A. Carvin of Jones Day is lead counsel in the case. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is assisting in the lawsuit’s coordination and funding.
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> Interview an expert


Workplacechoice.org: Senator Vitter Follows Proud Tradition of Fighting Against Union Violence

On June 26, 2014, Senator Vitter introduced a bill S. 2535 to amend the federal extortion statute named the Hobbs Act. Senator Vitter is to be commended for addressing the scourge of union violence. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research reports, as of May 2013, that

“[U]nion violence is responsible for at least 203 Americans deaths since 1975; 5,869 incidents of personal injury; and more than 6,435 incidents of vandalism and tens of millions of dollars in property damage…
> Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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