WHAT'S IN A NAME?

(A rose by any other name would smell as sweet)

After a tumultuous seven and a half years battling Congress over every legislative detail, who could blame the Office of Management and Budget for gently poking a little fun at lawmakers?

In a discreet move late Sept. 20, OMB issued a standard-sounding Statement of Administration Policy on a regulatory overhaul bill (H.R. 3438) scheduled to be taken up on the House floor in the coming days.

The bill, strongly opposed by the administration, would require federal agencies to postpone the effective date of any high-impact rule until it had been reviewed by the courts.

The administration’s statement said that the “Unnecessary Delay of Rules Act,” sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), would promote unwarranted litigation, introduce harmful delay, and, in many cases, thwart implementation of statutory mandates and the execution of duly enacted laws.

If presented to the president, his senior advisers would recommend he veto the measure, the statement said.

All typical sounding, except for one thing. 

The correct title of the bill is the “Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act of 2016,” or the REVIEW Act.

It is common for lawmakers to create complicated names for their bills in order to produce a certain acronym. Statements of Administration Policy typically use the full name of the bill, not an acronym.

OMB did not immediately return a request for comment on whether this is the first time this administration has used a different name in a Statement of Administration Policy.