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  • 2013 Ends with an 80,330-Page Federal Register and 3,659 Final Rules and Regulations

    December 31, 2013 6:01 PM

    The Federal Register wrapped up 2013 with a third-highest count ever, of 80,330 pages. (The published version contains 80,462 pages but I net out blank and skipped pages in my roundup.)

    Among those pages were 3,659 final rules. Even going back to 1995, rules have never been below 3,500 annually, and often exceeded 4,000.

    Another 2,569 proposed rules were issued in 2013 and are under consideration. I round up the year's proposed and final rules on a daily basis right here.

    Of the 3,659 final rules, 718 are expected to have an impact on small businesses.

  • No, Legislative Fixes to Obamacare Weren't Blocked by the GOP

    December 30, 2013 12:01 PM

    As Obamacare's implementation went badly enough that it was mocked by comedians on late-night TV, a search for excuses began. The result was the now commonplace, and false, claim that whatever has gone wrong with Obamacare, it's the GOP's fault, for blocking legislative fixes to the law.

    This political talking point is also used to justify the Obama administration's repeated changes to the healthcare law, and its suspensions and waivers of key statutory provisions (such as anti-...

  • CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    December 30, 2013 9:54 AM

    74 new regulations, from non-toxic ammunition to shrimp electronic logbooks.

  • A New Year of Regulation: Obama's Record-Setting Federal Register

    December 29, 2013 7:13 PM

    [caption id="attachment_72593" align="alignleft" width="168"]Duly Enacted Laws vs Unaccountable Regulation. The Federal Register runs wild. Duly Enacted Laws vs. Unaccountable Regulation. The Federal Register runs wild. The federal government spends heavily; it also regulates heavily.[/caption]

    The Federal Register is the daily depository of proposed and final rules and regulations, presidential documents, agency notices and such.

    As 2013 draws to a close, President Obama is delivering to America another record-setting Federal Register, this one to be the third highest unless the last day of the year brings an even greater deluge than I expect.

    But there's more: Of the five...

  • CEI Podcast for December 26, 2013: The Year in Review

    December 26, 2013 7:32 PM

    President Lawson Bader looks at CEI's challenges and successes during 2013, and looks ahead to 2014, when CEI will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

  • Target Breach -- Are Dodd-Frank "Swipe Fee" Price Controls to Blame?

    December 24, 2013 10:41 AM

    Target wants  you to know it is oh-so-sorry for any inconvenience its data SNAFU (as OpenMarket is a family blog, please look up the acronym) has caused, and as a token of its concern, it offered customers a whooping 10 percent discount this weekend!

    In the meantime, who is cleaning up the mess from Target's breach that has affected as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts? The nation's banks and credit unions -- big and small. In East Tennessee, for instance, Citizens National Bank canceled and reissued 1,000 credit and debit cards potentially affected, but took the step of calling each customer beforehand.

    This is just the latest incident in which banks and credit...

  • Union Spending against Right-to-Work Efforts

    December 23, 2013 12:08 PM

    According to an Associated Press report, several states are eyeing labor law reforms to end the practice of forcing employees to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

  • CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    December 23, 2013 8:04 AM

    71 new regulations, from charitable donations to video programming for the blind.

  • Why Workers Deserve the Employee Rights Act, Part 2: Union Recertification

    December 19, 2013 2:21 PM

    In Part 1 of "Why Workers Deserve the Employee Rights Act," the focus was on the ERA provision that mandates secret-ballot elections and how a private vote in a union representation election protects workers from coercive union tactics.

  • Volcker Rule Overshoots Wall Street to Hit Utah

    December 19, 2013 10:34 AM

    You might think after the disastrous debut of HealthCare.gov and thousands of insurance cancellations, those who call themselves progressives might just have a little humility about grandiose government schemes with vague terms and objectives.

    Not so, if judged by the adulatory greeting by liberal activists and the establishment media of this month's implementation of a pie-in-the-sky provision of the Dodd-Frank financial "reform," a law that has often been referred to by experts as "Obamacare for banks."

    Like Obamacare, Dodd-Frank was a 2,500-plus page law rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010. And like the bureaucrat-written rules implementing Obamacare, the regulations implementing the law are pretty lengthy as well.

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