For every one law Congress passed in 2015, federal agencies passed 39 new rules and regulations.
“In 2015, Congress passed ‘only’ 87 Public Laws before Obama’s Hawaii trip,” reports the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) Wayne Crews. “Federal agencies and bureaus, however, were far more busy than Congress: agencies issued 3,408 rules and regulations in 2015, by my preliminary count.”
Crews is the vice president for policy and director of technology studies at CEI and writes the annual report, Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.
“At an earlier than usual January 12 State of the Union Address, observers anticipate the president pushing such items as nutrition labeling, e-cigaratte regulation, controls on investment advisors, more energy efficiency controls and closing Guantanamo,” predicts Crews, foreshadowing what he believes will happen during Obama’s final year in office.