Julian Hattem and Ben Goad
The Hill 
October 19, 2013
The federal rulemaking machine is rumbling back to life as agency officials tackle the backlog of work that was created by the government shutdown.
Conservatives worry officials are preparing a surge of new regulations to make up for lost time and meet upcoming deadlines.
Liberals, meanwhile, are relieved that rule makers are back on the job to investigate hazards and issue strengthened protections.
The 16-day government shutdown choked the daily flow of regulations to a trickle as hundreds of thousands of federal workers were furloughed.
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