Regulatory: Battles on all fronts

Congressional Republicans have set their sights on rescinding many of the Obama administration's rules.

In the last two weeks, Congressional Republicans have expanded their challenges to the Obama administration beyond the environmental and financial services areas and have proposed the first fundamental changes to the process of rulemaking since the Administrative Procedure Act since was adopted in 1946.

Republican proposals would rescind or delay rules alleged to restrict economic growth; codify cost-benefit analysis as a governing regulatory principle for all agencies, including the independent regulatory commissions; and require agencies to consider the cumulative impact of their rules on regulated entities.

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John Cooney

John F. Cooney is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Venable.

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