Boehner's Regulation Moratorium

"Moratorium" is a good political buzzword at the moment: the administration's offshore drilling moratorium has become a contentious issue in Gulf communities that are home to oil workers; Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's critics are up in arms about his call for a special legislative session to pass an offshore moratorium, whereas Florida law already bans offshore drilling; and now House Minority Leader John Boehner is calling for a moratorium on new regulations other than in cases of emergency (the oil industry and the situation in the Gulf fall under that category, Boehner's office has said). From Greg Sargent:


Here's what he told reporters moments ago, per a transcript that was sent my way:

"I think having a moratorium on new federal regulations is a great idea it sends a wonderful signal to the private sector that they're going to have some breathing room."
And more:
"I think there's probably a way to do this with an exemption for emergency regulations that may be needed for some particular agency or another. But if the American people knew there was going to be a moratorium in effect for a year that the federal government wasn't going to issue thousands more regulations, it would give them some breathing room."

Read the full story at The Plum Line.


Ed. note: In case you're wondering (or want to discuss multiple instances of moratorium with friends), both "moratoriums" and "moratoria" are accepted as plurals.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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