Washington Weekly
Feb. 24, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess.More

This Week

The Senate will spend much of the week debating four judicial nominees, which Republicans have thus far refused to approve "en bloc," meaning that the nominees are grouped and voted on together as if one nominee. This is often the norm for noncontroversial nominees. Following these nominations, the Senate will move to take up veteran pension legislation. The House returns tomorrow to take up a handful of bills addressing the IRS, as well as several aimed at government oversight, particularly regulatory reform. The regulatory legislation would require federal agencies to provide and post more public information on the Internet about proposed and final regulations. In addition, it would require agencies to submit information for a monthly supplement to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, a semiannual compilation of the federal regulations under development.More

Item of Interest

With this week's big push in the House to tackle regulatory reform, it's worth noting that confronting the administration's onerous regulatory environment is one of the key issues we'll be addressing at our upcoming Legislative Fly-in. Until policymakers in Washington hear directly from impacted stakeholders such as the small businesses of ASA, they may never learn the true threat these regulations pose. Learn more here.More

Obama's Rush to Regulate
The Hill
President Obama has ordered his officials to step on the gas and clear as much of his regulatory agenda as possible during the twilight of his time in office. The clock is ticking, creating a sense of urgency in the administration to crank out his new rules without delay.More

Supreme Court EPA Regulation Case Tests Limits, Balance of Power
Roll Call
Republicans angry at President Obama's muscular use of executive authority are returning from recess more focused on litigation than on legislation. The Supreme Court's docket for this term is unusual for including two cases with potential to reorder the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches.More

Yes, the EPA Has the Power to Stop Climate Change
The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to address climate change. That shouldn't be a controversial statement, but in some quarters, it is. Indeed, it's at the heart of a set of legal challenges that will be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday.More