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On Obama’s last day, hundreds of “midnight regulations” were secretly filed by multiple regulatory agencies. One was the FDA’s Smokeless Tobacco Rule (21 CFR Part 1132). This proposed rule would effectively ban smokeless tobacco made in America. They proposed this rule covertly, hoping you would miss your chance to make your voice heard.
The saying, "It's the thought that counts," is a lame excuse when it comes to bad gifts and an even worse way to justify public policy. Lawmakers and bureaucrats continuously impose new regulations that often sound good. Yet policymakers too often fail to consider obvious economic ripple-effects, many of which hit hard-working Americans like tsunamis. There is no better example than occupational licensing standards, such as the District of Columbia's new requirement that all childcare workers obtain a four-year degree.
The internet has been buzzing about late-night talk show comedian John Oliver’s resurgence of interest in the regulations on internet broadband providers, about which he had an extended monologue on his show this week. But his misguided call-to-action has already had repercussions, including cyber-attacks on the FCC’s website, ruining the ability for them to receive comments on what the public thinks of the ”Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal presented by Ajit Pai.
John Oliver has once again waded into the Internet regulation battle, arguing that the Federal Communications Commission should retain former President Barack Obama's Internet regulations to prevent Internet service providers from prioritizing content in exchange for payment by content providers.
In the wake of the United debacle, advocates for increased airline regulation are coming out of the woodwork. Never let a good crisis go to waste, right? They assert that tighter controls, a heavier government hand, are the only solution to the apparent horror of flying created by deregulation in the 1970s.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined a request for an en banc review of a case against Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) over its power grab to regulate the Internet through Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The refusal to grant the full court review could result in an appeal to the Supreme Court should the case, United States Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, be accepted.
As President Barack Obama aptly stated, "Elections have consequences." President Trump's ascendancy is reverberating throughout the federal government, perhaps no more so than at the Federal Communications Commission.
During a speech at an event co-hosted by FreedomWorks and SBE Council, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the Commission is reconsidering President Obama’s internet regulations. FreedomWorks applauds Chairman Pai’s efforts, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement: