Bush Takes a Last-Minute Swipe at Workers' Rights
The timing of the proposal appears to violate a memorandum issued in early May by Joshua B. Bolten, the White House chief of staff. "Except in extraordinary circumstances," Mr. Bolten wrote, "regulations to be finalized in this administration should be proposed no later than June 1, 2008, and final regulations should be issued no later than Nov. 1, 2008."
The proposal is "one of about 20 highly contentious rules the Bush administration is planning to issue in its final weeks," the Times notes. For more on Bush's last-minute regulations and proposals, read ThinkProgress's report, "Bush's Backward Sprint To The Finish."