Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has sent letters to more than 150 companies and trade associations asking them to identify the Obama administration regulations that his panel should investigate.

The letters were sent to companies and associations representing a wide gamut of industries, including healthcare, energy, auto manufacturing and drug manufacturing. Issa is seeking responses by Jan. 10.

In one letter to the National Association of Manufacturers, Issa requested "assistance in identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively impacted job growth in your members' industry," Politico reported. He further said "suggestions on reforming identified regulations and rulemaking process would be appreciated."

Letters also were sent to Duke Energy Corp., the American Petroleum Institute and the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association.

A major area that Issa's committee is expected to tackle is the Environmental Protection Agency's regulation of greenhouse gas emissions of major emitters, such as power plants and refiners.

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