White House Deliberately Postponed Critical Policy Decisions

In their in-depth report, The Washington Post reveals that the Obama administration deliberately postponed critical policy decisions to avoid political controversy ahead of the 2012 election.

“The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.”

Although the White House claims the delays are purely coincidental, “seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.”

“Ronald White, [of the] Center for Effective Government, said the ‘overt manipulation of the regulatory review process by a small White House office’ raises questions about how the government writes regulations. He said the amount of time it took the White House to review proposed rules was ‘particularly egregious over the past two years.’”

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