Bush Seeks Last-minute Deregulations Regulations

The White House is working to enact an array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken rules aimed at protecting consumers, environment, civil liberties, workers rights and safety, and gun control

“They want these rules to continue to have an impact long after they leave office,” said Matthew Madia, a regulatory expert at OMB Watch, a nonprofit group critical of what it calls the Bush administration’s penchant for deregulating in areas where industry wants more freedom.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto responded that “this administration has taken extraordinary measures to avoid rushing regulations at the end of the term. And yes, we’d prefer our regulations stand for a very long time — they’re well-reasoned and are being considered with the best interests of the nation in mind.”

As many as 90 new regulations are in the works, and at least nine are considered “economically significant” because they would impose costs or promote societal benefits that exceed $100 million annually. They include new rules governing employees who take family- and medical-related leaves, new standards for preventing or containing oil spills, and a simplified process for settling real estate transactions.

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