The Hill reports:
President Obama has assembled a new cadre of lieutenants to enact policy shifts through regulation during his second term.
Many of the agency heads and top-ranking officials will be tasked with implementing scores of federal rules that will help shape Obama’s legacy.
“In general, in a political environment in which passing new legislation is very difficult, most of the policy action is likely to come through actions taken within the executive branch,” said Philip Wallach, a fellow at the Brookings Institution. “Much of that is going to be regulation.”
To a large degree, that means trying to implement and cement the landmark healthcare and financial laws passed in his first term. It also means completing long-sought measures to protect workers’ rights, public safety and the integrity of the food supply.
The centerpiece of the regulatory push is a series of regulations intended to reduce global warming through unprecedented limits on emissions from power plants.