Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is pressing the Obama administration to provide Congress with a list of upcoming regulations that will have an economic effect greater than $1 billion.
Boehner’s letter to President Obama Friday comes ahead of planned House votes this fall on GOP legislation that would require congressional approval of major federal regulations.
“This year the Administration’s current regulatory agenda identifies 219 planned new regulations that have estimated annual costs in excess of $100 million each. That’s almost a 15 percent increase over last year, and appears to contradict public suggestions by the Administration this week that the regulatory burden on American job creators is being scaled back,” Boehner’s letter states.
Boehner is seeking to counter White House claims that the administration is making regulations more business-friendly.
The letter comes three days after the White House announced plans to streamline hundreds of existing regulations across all government departments, saying that the review will “likely” save at least $10 billion over five years.