Curious who will be writing the legislation in Congress henceforth? Look towards the drug and oil industries. The House oversight committee’s incoming chairman, Republican Darrell Issa, has begun by sending out letters to 150 companies and business associations asking what laws are constraining growth and need to be changed. Politico reports:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year.
The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month – requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.
“It was a broad net that we cast,” Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella said.
Bardella did not have a complete list of groups that received an inquiry from Issa or their responses. But a partial list obtained by POLITICO includes ones sent Dec. 13 to Duke Energy, the Association of American Railroads, FMC Corp., Toyota and Bayer. Others receiving inquiries from Issa over the course of the month included the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) and entities representing health care and telecommunication providers.
“I believe for the last couple of years that we were honestly shut out of this debate at least on the House side,” NPRA President Charles Drevna said. “Our policy positions haven’t changed one iota. [But] is there a better chance of what I would consider a more fair hearing? Absolutely.” Drevna received a letter from Issa late last month.
The list of regulatory grievances appears wide-ranging. Rosario Palmieri, NAM’s vice president for regulatory policy, and Drevna both highlighted EPA greenhouse gas controls for major emitters that went into effect Sunday.
Palmieri said the group also highlighted in their response to Issa upcoming EPA decisions over whether to tighten limits on ground-level ozone and controlling hazardous air pollutants from incinerators and boilers.