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August 30, 2011

Obama and Boehner Square Off on Government Regulation

by Sarah Courtney | August 30, 2011

Responding to a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for the Obama administration to “provide a list of all pending and planned rulemakings with a projected impact on our economy in excess of $1 billion,” President Barack Obama tells the speaker that his administration has taken steps to minimize regulatory burdens and costs government wide.

In a letter to Boehner, Mr. Obama writes that his executive order earlier this year “called for an ambitious Government-wide review of rules now on the books” which the president says is now complete. He adds that the review led to cuts from 26 agencies, generating more than $10 billion in savings over 5 years.

President Obama replied Tuesday with a list of seven proposed rules with an estimated economic impact of over $1 billion. The various proposed regulations apply to the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation, ranging in rough costs from $1 billion for DOT hours of service regulations, to as much as $90 billion for ozone air standards.

Boehner’s office answered Obama’s letter with a statement Tuesday afternoon bashing the seven regulations.

“The combined cost of these seven new regulatory actions alone could be more than $100 billion,” the statement read. “These costs will be felt by the American people in the form of fewer jobs and slower economic growth.”

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