Obama has nearly 4,000 regulations he is trying to push through before he leaves the White House. Obama is frantically trying to push through government actions affecting everything from furnaces to gun sales to Guantánamo. PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
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That means a full court press at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce exposure limits for silica, a chemical used widely in construction and fracking that can cause cancer when inhaled; at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to require more small-scale gun sellers to perform background checks; and at the Food and Drug Administration, to make food manufacturers disclose on product labels how much sugar they add to cranberry juice.
Much of this work will be carried out in the coming months by career bureaucrats working in the bowels of federal agencies, but the cumulative effect adds up to something larger: A final-year sprint by a president intent on using executive power to improve the lives of American workers and consumers — in many instances over loud objections from the businesses that will have to pay for it.
The work must be done swiftly in most cases because any regulation finalized after May 17 or thereabouts risks being blocked by Congress.
That leaves plenty of time for the rule on silica, but not for one on beryllium, even though both chemicals pose grave health risks.
There’s likely sufficient time to regulate small-scale gun sellers, but not if the threshold is some specific number of guns sold.
The list could go on for thousands of regulations, and while Obama’s executive agencies are intent on pushing through the president’s priorities without congressional interference, industry lawsuits and congressional hearings will surely slow the Obama regulation freight train.