The Obama administration deliberately postponed enacting a number of rules and regulations to avoid stirring up controversy before last year’s presidential election, according to several current and former employees, The Washington Post reports.
Some administration officials were required to have proposals vetted in advance in so-called “Mother-may-I” meetings, while some were told to not submit plans for new regulations for as much as a year before the election, the Post says.
Rules that were delayed or never enacted were related to Obamacare, workplace safety, the environment, and other issues, the Post reports.
The report flies in the face of longstanding contentions by the White House that any delays in regulation until after the election were coincidental and not affected by politics – assertions debunked by those interviewed by the Post.
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