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. 

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchHow to marry housing policy and tax reform for millions of Americans Though flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Utah) will be the ranking member of the subcommittee. Other members include Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (D-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenators ask feds for ‘full account’ of work to secure election from cyber threats Sanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-Minn.) and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeFCC's GOP chairman blocks Internet privacy rule Greens launch ads against two GOP senators for Pruitt votes GOP groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers over ObamaCare MORE (R-Ariz.).

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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.