House passes bill to undo last 60 days of Obama’s rules & regulations

Yesterday was a good day.

A moving truck arrived at the White House — a sign that the Obamas are packing up and leaving. Really.


Also yesterday, the second day of the newly elected Congress, by a vote of 238-184, the GOP-majority House of Representatives passed the Midnight Rule Relief Act that enables Congress to repeal in a single vote any rule finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the Obama administration.

Lydia Wheeler reports for The Hill, Jan. 4, 2017, that if passed by the Senate and signed by President-elect Donald Trump, the Midnight Rule Relief Act (MRRA) would amend the Congressional Review Act to allow lawmakers to bundle together multiple rules and overturn them en masse with a joint resolution of disapproval.

Obama already has threatened to veto the bill if it were to make it to his desk before he leaves office.

Pouring cold water on the passage of MRRA, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), while debating the bill on the floor yesterday afternoon, said that Congress has only once, in 2001, successfully repealed a rule by way of a resolution under the Congressional Review Act because both houses and the president all have to agree on the resolution to repeal a rule. Issa gave the following rather obtuse explanation:

“All this legislation does is allow for us to dispose of one or more regulations in an expedited fashion in this body and have it seen in the same form in the Senate. It doesn’t change the underlying law. Only one regulation has ever been repealed. It’s been 16 years and the few that will likely be considered under this act and underlying law will be just that, a relatively few regulations that are believed to be unnecessary on which the House, Senate and president concur.”

That, however, didn’t stop Democrats from bitching that the Midnight Rule Relief Act would allow Congress to erase months of Obama’s regulatory agenda:

  • Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) criticized Republicans for bringing the bill to the floor so soon: “I’m surprised that without hearings, without opportunity for amendment, we are now considering a measure that has this much opposition.”
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) — that bright bulb who, at a House Armed Services Committee in 2011, expressed his trepidation that moving 8,000 marines to Guam would tip over the island — resorted to fear mongering. He accused Republicans of wanting to undo Obama’s regulations that created 15 million jobs and protect “the health safety of welfare of Americans, little ones, elderly, workers and people who are consumers,” so as “to bring the standard of living Americans have come to enjoy to a halt.”
  • The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that claims to represent over 200,000 businesses and advocates for federal-state policy changes for a more sustainable and socially-responsible economy, sent a letter to members of the House on Wednesday urging them to oppose the “anti-regulatory” Midnight Rule Relief Act because it would enable Congress to undo batches of rules without any consideration of their individual merits. David Levine, ASBC’s CEO and co-founder, said in a statement: “This would be like taking a chainsaw into surgery. Businesses depend on good regulations to set clear boundaries and rules for fair competition on a level playing field.”



13 responses to “House passes bill to undo last 60 days of Obama’s rules & regulations

  1. Pingback: House passes bill to undo last 60 days of Obama’s rules & regulations — Fellowship of the Minds | kommonsentsjane

  2. This is a step up in the right direction and I pray Congress continues to erase the Democrats downward and destructive bills and laws that have turned us into a third world country. I care not that the Dems don’t like this – they are communists and communism is total destructive of people and the country.

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  3. This is good because it demonstrates that there are many in Congress that will support Trump’s efforts to turn this country back from a Lib/Prog Bureaucratic Dictatorship to a Constitutional Republic.
    But it is mostly unnecessary. All of Obama’s bureaucratic Executive Orders can be disposed of as they were created – “Stroke of the pen”.
    However, some of his “Anti-American Economic Actions” are based on previous laws and need this for clarification. Like to stop his condemning vast areas from any economic use by calling them “Parks” and “Wildlife Areas”.
    Anything that limits the UnConstitutional Usurpation of Power by the President is a good thing, and should be sold to the Democrats that fear and loath Trump as a limitation on him also.
    The Libs have completely ignored Constitutional Procedures for creating Laws because they like Obama and his socialist Agenda. But now they only want to protect “Obama’s Legacy” rather than the Constitution. They must be re-educated to the facts that if they create this “Imperial Presidency” for Obama, it can be used by other Presidents. It destroys the Constitution (which is Obama’s goal) and sets the stage for a succession of “Petty Presidential Dictatorships” based on swings in Presidential election popularity with Low Information Voters.

    The ones that clamor the most against Trump as a potential “Dictator” are the same ones that loudly hailed Obama’s “pen & a phone” usurpation of powers to push his ant-American UnConstitutional Agenda. Can’t have it both ways. (But that is typical of the Lib/Progs of both parties.)

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  4. Richard Raymond

    Sixty days? How about six years?

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  5. what a SHAM.
    If they really cared, they’d have done something about it 60 days (actually MORE days) ago.
    It’s just to make the sheeple think that congress cares about “the people”

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    • stevor . . . Unfortunately, I could not agree more. For several years now, we have suffered with the RINOS (McCain, Mitchell, far to many to name individually) with their lacking of any gumption to cut off the funds to Obummer’s programs — they just went did nothing, and they took all us who have worried ourselves sick over the ever mounting debt along for the ride. When up for re-election they would screech to the Heavens that they would mount an effort to get things under control, but when put back in office, they sat back and enjoyed the spoils of their reelection . . . and nothing ever got done. Far to many of these fools (and that is putting it politely) need to be sued for malfeasance in office, and they need to be put out to pasture, or put in a federal prison. They have lived the high life at our expense, all the while heaping debt on the heads of you and I, and all the American posterity. I certainly hope that the times are a changing’ and that we will see prosperity return to this nation for the average citizen.

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  6. Triumph is so sweet, bye bye Obama and your tribe, please don’t haul away what belongs in the “White House” like the Clinton’s did, that belongs to us the AMERICA people.

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  7. Just what the hell do they need 3 moving vans for? The furniture, drapes, pictures, fixtures and everything else was there when they got there. What are they moving out of there. They’re not supposed to have kept gifts from heads of state and such. They’re supposed to be ‘gifts to the country’. so what are they hauling away? Hard Drives? Thumb Drives? File cabinets full of obooboo’s documents… that belong to the American People??
    Keep the cameras turned that way.

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  8. Why stop at sixty days?

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  9. This is worthy to be on our daily prayers!

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  10. Reblogged this on Exposing Modern Mugwumps and commented:

    Add this to your daily prayers folks…we really need Obama’s final filth undone…

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