Apparently, Congress has the ability to block BushCo's last-minute anti-regulation regulations:
When it returns for its short, post-election session later this month, the Democratic-controlled Congress could pull the plug on a raft of last minute regulations being prepared by the Bush administration, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). By acting now to prevent enactment of the rules, Congress would save itself and the incoming Obama administration substantial time and effort that will later be required to repeal these “midnight regulations” one-by-one.Regulations which were slated for Bushehvik pro-CorpoRat interference include:
* Undermine air pollution standards for cleaning up older, dirty power-plants (New Source Review). Another proposal would relax rules against smog-producing plants obscuring national park vistas;New regulatory interpretations have already relaxed significantly EPA standards, as well.
* Make it much harder to impose new safeguards protecting workers from harmful occupational exposures; and
* Eliminate reviews to protect endangered species from ill-considered federal actions.
Beyond the environment, other pending changes would –
* Broaden the ability of FBI agents to conduct domestic surveillance on citizens;
* Allow medical providers to refuse contraceptive and other reproductive-related services on religious grounds; and
* Limit advice that AIDS prevention organizations could give.
Despite a directive from White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten stating that “Except in extraordinary circumstances…final regulations should be issued no later than November 1, 2008,” on topics ranging from mountain bikes to birth control, federal agencies are rewriting rules with no such finding of extraordinary circumstances. Somebody needs to stop these fuckers from taking the treasury and the whole of the commons with them.
DOTOF™: Phila/Buophonia, my old pal from Lite Blue...