President Obama is ringing in the New Year with reams and reams of red tape. As The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch reports:

The Obama administration is cramming like a college student trying to study for a final exam, publishing more than 1,200 new regulations in the last 15 days alone, according to data from

Energy and environment rules are the biggest category, with 139 published by the federal government in the last 15 days. …

These new regs are in addition to the thousands more already published in November, as well as the billions of dollars worth of earlier regulations imposed previously in 2014 and before. In all, lists more than 25,000 regulatory notices, proposed rules, and rules for 2014.

But there are remedies, as The Hill reported last month:

“So long as we have this president the federal agencies can go around Congress," said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) "But we can make it very, very difficult for them." 

Inhofe, who is poised to become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is certain to take a leading role in the GOP push against regulations at the center of Obama’s climate action plan. 

Critics of Obama’s regulatory policies are likely to look to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows lawmakers to disapprove of regulations that have already been finalized and stop them from going into effect.

Inhofe, for instance, says he intends to push such a measure against the EPA’s newly proposed ozone rules, which manufacturers say could cost industry $270 billion in compliance costs during its first year alone. However, the president would have to approve such a measure, which is highly unlikely. …

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said Republicans would not be afraid to use the “power of the purse" to block regulations they don’t like.

“You know the regulatory burden in this country,” Johnson said. "You know how many regulations that have to be just ripe for elimination.” …

If all else fails, Republicans and business groups could challenge the regulations in court, an arena where regulatory opponents have claimed some success. 

For example, the Supreme Court this summer ruled in favor of business groups in the case Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, in which the justices decided religious business owners cannot be forced to provide contraceptive insurance coverage to their employees.