Opinion: Congress moves to undo Obama’s midnight rule-making

The first day of the Congress brought a hiccup in the way of rushed changes to the House’s independent ethics office. But since then, it’s hard to say congressional Republicans have done anything but get on with the business they promised Americans they’d do once the GOP held all the levers of power in Washington.

Barack Obama

Say goodbye to this president’s legacy of overreach.

On Wednesday, the Senate began the (probably long) process of repealing and replacing Obamacare, by opening debate on a resolution that would pave the way for the law’s erasure from the books. Senators plan to write instructions for repealing the major parts of Obamacare into a budget resolution. It’s the same parliamentary maneuver Democrats used to pass the law in the first place, when the House passed a different version of the law after the Senate had lost its filibuster-proof majority. As when the law was passed in 2010, the use of the reconciliation process means the majority Republicans won’t have to get 60 votes to end debate. It makes for a longer process, but that gives them time to coalesce behind a replacement bill that is to their liking — and that of President-elect Trump.

Over in the House, the GOP on Wednesday began the work of overturning the Obama administration’s “midnight regulations” — the flurry of new rules passed between Election Day and Trump’s inauguration. They first passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which allows Congress to repeal multiple executive-branch regulations at once; the president must also sign any bill which repeals regulations in that fashion. Then Thursday the House followed up by again passing the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act, which requires congressional approval for regulations forecast to have an economic impact of at least $100 million per year. (For more, see this op-ed about the REINS Act by the Georgia congressman, Doug Collins, who introduced the original bill.)

The specifics of Obama’s midnight rule-making are breathtaking. Since Nov. 8, the administration has issued a whopping 145 new regulations, including 31 that cross that $100 million-per-year threshold, according to an analysis by the American Action Forum. And there’s still two weeks to go. In all, the 10-year cost of these new rules is forecast to reach $21.6 billion. The government projects it will take businesses almost 2.5 million hours a year just to complete the paperwork required — and that’s just for five of the six largest new rules. This red-tape production is not only out of line with historical norms but even the Obama administration’s own frenetic regulatory pace, the American Action Forum reports. And there’s still two weeks to go.

The regulatory overreach of this administration has been crying out for corrective measures for eight years now, but with Obama still in office Congress had little recourse for wrestling back the legislative power his administration was usurping. That’s about to change, and not a moment too soon.

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breckenridge
breckenridge

Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April, according to House Republican officials.

The move would break a key campaign promise when Trump repeatedly said he would force Mexico to pay for the construction of the wall along the border, though in October, Trump suggested for the first time that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost of the wall. Trump defended that proposal Friday morning in a tweet, saying the move to use congressional appropriations was because of speed.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/border-wall-house-republicans-donald-trump-taxpayers/index.html

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45 

So which is it, Russia as American Enemy #1, or Russian as Not American Enemy #1?

Because you seem to be saying that Russia is our biggest geopolitical foe, whereas your new fuhrer seems to think otherwise.

Fact

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 As unbelievably incompetent as the Dems are on computer security,


Yeah. The party that denies basic Science like climate change is probably great it IT.


Pulease.

breckenridge
breckenridge

January 6 - If Donald Trump's vision that Mexico would pay for his border wall seems unrealistic, the notion that taxpayers are going to pay for it is likely just as unrealistic, say budget experts.

And yet that's exactly what it looks like Republicans are planning to do: in the absence of an agreement from Mexico to pay for it (their leaders have scoffed at the idea), Republicans in Congress are looking at how to fund a wall or fence of indeterminate billions of dollars with taxpayer money, and then hope Mexico pays for it later.

My but isn't that an incredibly stupid idea. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Recalling Syria 'red line,' Kerry says U.S. didn't back down

Yeah, 'ya did!

Now, having secured Syria for Assad, Putin is beginning his military withdrawal.

Surely he knows he'll be the odd man out in Syria. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

@FIGMO2 Recalling Syria 'red line,' Kerry says U.S. didn't back down

Yeah, 'ya did.”

You mean Assad is still using the chemical weapons like he did before the “red line?”

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Calling all democrats! Calling all democrats!


The 1980's is on line one and they would like their foreign policy back.


That is all.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

On the odd occasion you make at least some sense.  This is not one of those occasions.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Oh lookee!

My amuse bouche came with a complimentary glass of domestic "whine".

Very pedestrian. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Say what you want about Obama's EO's


At least the werent coming from the Kremlin

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@Hedley_Lammar You KNOW this . . . how?


Not saying they were, just saying much of what is currently thrown out for public consumption is all unsupported by any evidence. Choose what you want to believe. The winners are the people dividing us with these faux-issues for their personal-political benefit.

bu22
bu22

@Hedley_Lammar As unbelievably incompetent as the Dems are on computer security, how do you know they didn't hack his EOs and alter them?  Or maybe the Democrats have been deliberately incompetent?  They can't be that stupid can they?  They may actually be Russian agents and are doing this Trump attack as a classic Kremlin disinformation campaign.  Hard to look at America's foreign policy over the last 8 years and think there was a serious effort to promote America's interests first.  At least 9 shot in Ft. Lauderdale Airport today-they don't know yet if it was a terrorist.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/05/politics/intel-report-says-us-identifies-go-betweens-who-gave-emails-to-wikileaks/index.html


Included in that new information were intercepted conversations of Russian officials expressing happiness at Trump's win. Another official described some of the messages as congratulatory.


A declassified public version of the Intelligence community's review of the election-related cyber hack will be released as soon as this afternoon, according to a US official.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Lets see.

What is the " Christian " GOP agenda


Take away healthcare from the poor to fund tax cuts for Donald Trump and other billionaires - Check


Defund PP and take away health services that save poor women's lives - Check


Just as Jesus would have wanted.


Just shameful



SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The libs continue to urinate into a gale force wind. It's fun to watch for a little while but then gets boring. I'm out for awhile.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 52% of Democrats actually believe that the Russians successfully tampered with the vote tally and tipped the election outcome to Trump.


20 % of Republicans agree this happened as well.


Highly unlikely they changed any vote tallies. But the email hacking did swing the election to Trump. The Russians prefered Trump. So that is what we got.


Now Trump is Putin's poodle.



SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Hedley_Lammar  Now you're gobbling up too much of the koolaid. Given Trump's cabinet picks and most recently the Kremlin despised Dan Coats, only a fool would truly believe the yarn that Trump was Putin's choice for President much less that the alleged Russian hacking turned the election to Donald Trump.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Good news all around. Obama has decided to create an alternative to MAGA, that is, Break everything you can as you leave. Spiteful and petulant to the end.

Congress needs to also stop his free the killers from GITMO.hijenks.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Kyle's got a terrific blog up about how congress is fixing the Obama EO malfeasances.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

52% of Democrats actually believe that the Russians successfully tampered with the vote tally and tipped the election outcome to Trump. They believe this even though the intelligence community and even Obama, have said that there was no evidence of the Russians tampering with the actual vote count. Just more evidence of how stupid the rank and file Democrat voters have become over the years of the party's far-left takeover.

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

@SGTGrit


I was watching Morning Joke just for fun on PMSNBC earlier. They had a guy on there and failed to mention that he is part of the Obozo administration. Anyway, every single one of them took his opinion at face value as if he was telling the truth. One of them asked him if there is evidence and his words were "yes, but I can't talk about it." 


If there is evidence then why doesn't the left produce said evidence?

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@DrinkingAtNoon @SGTGrit  Well because there is no evidence of Russian tampering. Clapper and other members of the intel community told the congressional committee just a few days ago there was no Russian tampering with the vote tally. Obama, said the same The only supposed evidence is that the Russians hacked the DNC email and Assange released the email content embarrassing to Democrats. If that influenced some voters to change their mind and vote for Trump, the number that may have is unknown and probably would not have changed the election result anyway. The Dems have only themselves to blame for insecure email servers and their underhanded election behavior that the hacked email revealed. 

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @DrinkingAtNoon The Dems have only themselves to blame for insecure email servers…”

I guess that is what the right-wingers call “law and order.” You were attacked or robbed? Do not blame the criminals, you should have been better armed.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit You mean the Russians are so incompetent, that their efforts to tilt the elections toward Trump’s victory had no effect?

bu22
bu22

@SGTGrit Almost as stupid as their leaders who leave their computers open to easy hacking.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Getting ready for the "Souperbowl" by beefing up on the noodler-in-chief?

schnirt 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@FIGMO2

An amuse bouche word salad is always a good way to kick off Friday. Thanks, felicia!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

The specifics of Obama’s midnight rule-making are breathtaking.

Ah do declare!

jhgm63
jhgm63

Congress has eight years to do something, why haven't they? Oh yeah, that would require them to actually do something that would go on record. My bad.

DrinkingAtNoon
DrinkingAtNoon

@jhgm63

"Congress has eight years to do something, why haven't they?"

Are you from the future?

Don't Tread
Don't Tread

Any regulation made via executive order that does anything other than give direction to an agency where a law is ambiguous or unclear should be null and void immediately, and a judicial and/or Congressional warning issued.  Repeated offenses should subject the executive to immediate impeachment for abuse of power.


If an executive order is issued that clearly conflicts with law established by Congress should subject that executive to immediate impeachment for abuse of power.


The same goes for any judge who makes any ruling or commits any other act while in office that shows that they are ignoring or intend to ignore the individual rights specified in the Constitution should be removed from the bench immediately.


This is only an issue because we have a two party system and one of those parties (with the a$$ mascot, quite fittingly) could care less about what is right, what is constitutional, or even what the oath of office says they should be doing.


It's a surprise the Bible doesn't burst into flames immediately when they touch it to take the oath of office.