In the first three days of 2014, the Obama Administration posted 141 new regulations online. From health care to energy, these new federal rules have just as much impact on our daily lives as legislation, sometimes even more. Senator Mike Enzi (WY) is constantly keeping an eye out for egregious federal rules and regulations. He can call them out for their bureaucratic overreach and demand answers for their terrible rule making. He can introduce legislation to repeal their job-killing regulations. But this is a fight he can’t win on his own. Your voice is needed when these heavy-handed agencies cross the line. Here are a few examples of recent proposed rules that you are encouraged to comment on and let this Administration know how you feel about their overreach.
- The EPA proposed a rule for the Waters of the United States that could lead to a massive expansion of federal power over the nation’s water resources. With this new proposed rule, the EPA could give itself sweeping permission to regulate everything from the nation’s largest rivers to small irrigation ditches. Click here to comment on the rule and let the EPA know that this rule exceeds the authority the agency was granted by Congress. We fought the “National Blueways System” rule and won — with your help, we can defeat this rule too.
- In their continued war against coal, the EPA has proposed extreme rules for regulating carbon emissions. These regulations essentially ban construction of new coal-fired power plants by requiring them to use emission-cutting technology that hasn’t been perfected yet. Officials within the President’s own Administration have questioned whether the EPA’s new standards are actually based on any viable technology. Click here to leave a comment by May 9 letting the EPA and this Administration know you don’t support their coal-killing rules.
- At over 800 pages long, a new proposed rule by the Department of Education is designed to define just two words – “gainful employment”. Aimed at for-profit career colleges and certificate programs, this rule uses a heavy-handed approach to evaluate and sanction these programs, making it more difficult for Americans to access educational opportunities. Not only is this ruling ridiculously complicated, but it begs the questions “Why the double standard?”. Why hold for-profit colleges and career schools to an arbitrary standard compared to public and private colleges? All who are receiving the same government funds should have the same standard. If you want to let your voice be heard officially, comment on the rule here before May 27.
- These rules are just the latest in a long line of federal regulations that the Administration tries to slip past the American people. Last year Enzi was applauded for correctly predicting in 2010 that businesses would lose the health insurance they liked. His prediction was not magic or luck, it came from reading the rules published in the Federal Register. He continues to work on legislative solutions to stop the tsunami of new rules and regulations brought about by this Administration, but the Senate majority leader Harry Reid (NV), who controls the agenda, has blocked all attempts to calm our current atmosphere of regulatory fervor. With your voice speaking out against these outlandish rules, we can take an axe to the proposed red tape and unnecessary regulations that are expanding big government and driving our country in the wrong direction.