Former Sen. Kit Bond will become a partner at Thompson Coburn.
Rep. Darrell Issa, incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent a letter to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks asking them to help him identify bothersome federal regulations.
“I ask for your assistance in identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively impacted job growth in your members’ industry,” the California Republican wrote in the December letter. “Additionally, suggestions on reforming identified regulations and the rulemaking process would be appreciated.”
Issa asked that the groups and companies submit their responses by Jan. 10.
Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, delivered a state of American energy speech Tuesday at the Newseum in which he decried increasing federal controls, some of it coming in the aftermath of the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last spring.
“There is a growing, bipartisan concern that regulatory overreach from burgeoning federal agencies will decrease America’s competitiveness and increase the kind of uncertainty that can stall new energy projects ... or in some cases, kill them altogether,” Gerard said, according to prepared text of the speech.
Pomeroy Lands Safely
Alston & Bird announced Tuesday that it had hired former Rep. Earl Pomeroy, who lost his bid for re-election, and Bob Siggins, the North Dakota Democrat’s chief of staff. The two will join the firm’s expanding health care team. Pomeroy has served on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees some health care issues.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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