1/30/07 "The Tom Hartmann Show"

1/30/07 "The Thom Hartmann Show"
Tue Jan 30, 2007 22:40

1/30/07 "The Thom Hartmann Show" nigel@in.optinpro.com
Re: President's Power Exective Orders...





Executive order ‘great news for special interests’
Kansas.com, KS - 7 hours ago
The White House said the executive order is "a classic good-government measure that will make federal agencies more open and accountable," and some business ...
Bush's new order: recipe for more global warming-style cover-ups Huffington Post

Executive order ‘great news for special interests’

Given the Bush administration’s record of ignoring scientific findings that don’t match its ideological views, the public should be skeptical of President Bush’s directive last week ordering that political appointees run the regulatory policy offices at federal agencies. The White House said the executive order is "a classic good-government measure that will make federal agencies more open and accountable," and some business groups hoped that it would reduce the burden of federal regulation -- which can be excessive at times. But Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told the New York Times that "the executive order allows the political staff at the White House to dictate decisions on health and safety issues, even if the government’s own impartial experts disagree. This is a terrible way to govern, but great news for special interests."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee

Executive Orders Issued by President George W. Bush
A list of executive orders. ... Apr. 1, Executive Order: Amendment to E.O. 13295 Relating to Certain Influenza Viruses and Quarantinable Communicable ...

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007
Order Further Empowers White House

President Bush has signed an executive order giving the White House more say over how federal departments and agencies carry out laws approved by Congress.

Under the order, each department and agency must put a presidential appointee in charge of the rules and the guidance that it plans to issue. Also, under the order, agencies must now satisfy a higher standard of justification before taking any new regulatory action.

The order gives the White House budget office more power over guidance documents, which don't have the weight of federal regulations but which still heavily influence how companies, schools and other agencies comply with laws.

Significant guidance documents — ones which could have an annual impact of more than $100 million or have other major effects on the public — may now come under scrutiny by the White House budget office before they are released.

The White House says that Bush's order will improve coordination among federal agencies and ensure that regulators are held accountable for decisions. The order has drawn praise from business groups, which have long complained about the cost and burden of federal regulations. But some consumer advocates are wary that the White House is taking on too much power.


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