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Obama Aides Recommend Veto of House Republican Regulation Bill

December 01, 2011

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama should veto Republican-backed legislation that would require federal agencies to take additional steps before issuing regulations, the White House Office of Management and Budget said.

The measure being considered by the House would impose “unprecedented procedural requirements” and invite “frivolous litigation,” the budget office said today in a statement. Senior advisers would recommend Obama veto the bill if it also passes the Democrat-controlled Senate, according to the statement.

The legislation, introduced by Representative Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, would require agencies to conduct cost- benefit analyses on alternatives for proposed major rules, and expands the scope of judicial review of rulemaking, according to a summary on the Library of Congress website.

Republicans have said regulations proposed by the Obama administration, including restrictions on pollution, will cost jobs. The administration said it is committed to issuing rules that are “smart and effective.”

The bill is H.R. 3010.

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