Blumenthal to lead oversight subcommittee on regulations

The committee will have purview over administrative practices for federal regulations, judicial review of actions by federal agencies and government fraud and abuse. 

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The subcommittee will have a full plate during the 113th Congress, with the Obama administration expected to unleash a flood of regulations from the healthcare and Dodd-Frank financial reform laws.

Obama has also signaled that he will use his executive powers aggressively in his second term, which could lead to a barrage of new rules from across the federal government.