Updates from the Hill

ISSA TO RELEASE INDUSTRY RESPONSES — More than a month after asking companies, trade associations and think tanks how deregulation could help their industries create jobs, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to make all of the responses public today, a source tells Huddle. The source said Issa shared them with the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who began asking the groups to provide him with answers to Issa’s questions about a week ago because he felt Issa wasn’t sharing documents with him. More than 200 responses are expected to be made available this morning, the source said. ‘The president … acknowledged the importance of identifying and analyzing regulatory impediments to job creation. In his State of the Union Address he called for a government-wide examination of regulations, to ‘help our companies compete’ and to ‘knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success,” Issa said.

SOMEONE ALREADY GOT THEM — ‘House Republicans are scrutinizing a wide array of existing and proposed Obama administration regulations in areas as diverse as the environment and Wall Street, and they are taking guidance from industry groups that say the rules threaten jobs,’ Philip Rucker and David S. Hilzenrath write for the Washington Post. ‘Responding to solicitations from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), businesses have asked Congress to roll back or preempt more than 150 rules governing their industries, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. … The rules under scrutiny include familiar issues suchas greenhouse gas emissions, health-care reform and the landmark Wall Street overhaul. But the committee also will examine more obscure regulations. For instance, makers of some cleaning products that remove mold and mildew have asked the committee to reconsider rules that require their products to be registered as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.’ http://wapo.st/eeI99c


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