DISGUSTING! Congress Makes Request… Obama Turns His Back!
During the presidential transition period in 2008, Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, claimed that in the light of the Republican loss, Bush should refrain from issuing new regulations. Now, the Republicans sent Obama the same message. House leader Kevin McCarthy and the 21 committee chairmen have sent a letter to numerous agencies demanding the halt of pending regulations with immediate notice. “Should you ignore this counsel, please be aware that we will work with our colleagues to ensure that Congress scrutinizes your actions — and, if appropriate, overturns them — pursuant to the Congressional Review Act,” the letter says.
Unsurprisingly, the Obama administration has ignored the request and continued to roll out rules and regulations before Trump takes over. Just a week after the election, the Obama administration presented 527 new pages of regulations, which is more than they did during their whole tenure. For example, on Monday, Obama produced the Stream Protection Rule which affects coal mining now more than ever.
And it isn’t just that – Obama has also issued a ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic and used his authority under the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act rather than issuing an executive order, which will make it harder for Trump to reverse the rule. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, wasn’t too happy with Obama’s decisions. “When the new Congress convenes next month, I will also introduce a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn this egregious regulation and work with my colleagues to use every tool available to turn back this regulatory assault on coal country,” he said.
Republicans have said that they will use all the power they have to dismantle Obama’s regulatory regime once Trump takes office for the good of the American people.