The Obama administration’s got more than 3,200 regulations at various stages of completion, including 2,239 active rules agencies are working to finish before President Barack Obama leaves office.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget released its spring 2016 “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions,” which lists 3,260 regulations at various stages in the regulatory pipeline. The vast majority of these regulations — 2,239 — are considered “active” rules, meaning regulators are still working on them.
CEI estimates federal regulations amount to a $1.9 trillion tax on the U.S. economy every year — or about $15,000 per American household every year.
Federal agencies have been frantically trying to finalize major regulations during Obama’s last few months in office. Businesses have bit hit with a flurry of new labor, healthcare and environmental regulations since last Fall’s regulatory agenda — and more are on the way.
For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized a regulation on methane emissions from oil and gas drilling in the name of curbing global warming. Environmentalists cheered the rule, but the industry was dismayed since methane emissions from drilling have fallen dramatically despite an increase in oil and gas production.
EPA estimates the rule will cost drillers $530 million but create net benefits of $690 million from reducing emissions.
There is one major difference between this Unified Agenda and past ones released by Obama — this one didn’t come on the eve of a major holiday.
Obama’s spring 2015 agenda detailing the status of more than 2,300 regulations was released the eve of Memorial Day weekend.
Obama’s fall 2014 agenda featuring more than 3,400 regulations was released the Friday before Thanksgiving.
This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller