December 26, 2013 |
It's official: The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed on so few issues this year, Congress is on pace to pass the fewest bills in a two-year term since World War II. Pundits have compared the current occupants of Capitol Hill unfavorably to the infamous "Do-Nothing Congress" of 1947-48, which was a dynamo in comparison. Lawmakers passed 1,729 bills in that two-year term, compared to 58 in the first year of this one. Unless something changes dramatically in the second half of the 113th Congress, it will be the least productive in modern memory.
June 14, 2013
Re "An egg fight crosses state lines," June 9 An amendment by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) to the farm bill would not nullify Proposition 2, California's initiative mandating larger cages for hens that applies only to in-state production of eggs. In 2011, a federal judge blocked California's low-carbon fuel standards from taking effect because the law unconstitutionally tried to regulate activities occurring outside the state, such as producers' choices of farming methods. (The state has appealed that ruling.)
February 5, 1989 |
After eight years of confrontational Reagan Administration efforts to eliminate federal regulations, the Bush Administration is discussing a series of moves that could go even further to reshape the government's oversight of major American industries. But the new Administration, less ideological than the old, will probably seek to reinstate federal controls in some areas even as it relaxes regulations elsewhere. For example, Bush's new transportation secretary, Samuel K.
November 14, 2012 |
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking greater authority to regulate drug makers such as the Massachusetts company that produced steroid injections tied to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, officials said Wednesday at a congressional hearing in which one of the firm's owners invoked his constitutional rights and refused to testify. Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., briefly appeared before the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee hearing.
August 29, 2012 |
It's too much to ask, I know, but the speeches Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention left me hungering for a real exploration of the role government plays in helping U.S. businesses. The unifying theme of the speeches, at least in theory, was "We Built It" -- a declaration of solidarity with the entrepreneurs who create businesses without the government's assistance. To underline that point, the giant screen inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum showed the occasional video featuring a selectively edited version of one of President Obama's stump speeches.
February 3, 2004 |
Election watchers -- or candidates -- seeking a sleeper issue in the 2004 race for the White House might want to take a long look at the state of regulation in America. They might find, as President Reagan did, a potentially rich harvest of votes from Americans who resent paying too much for goods and services, or fear losing their jobs because of rules put in place by federal bureaucrats.