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GOP Flips Obama-Era Regulations – “a Boon to Economy”

from – SRNNews.com

Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations, one.

Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment.

Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes that will have far-reaching implications for the coal industry, broadband customers, hunters and women seeking health care at Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

The deadline for scuttling the rules that Democrat Obama imposed during his final months in office was last Thursday. The 1996 Congressional Review Act had given Republicans the power to make the changes with a simple majority, within a set time.

While the rest of Washington focused on the furor over President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, Republicans were celebrating their effort to reverse the rules, arguing that it would boost the economy and make it easier for businesses to operate.

“I am almost speechless when I think about the success,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.

Senators pointed out that Congress had only once before used the legislative tools stemming from the Congressional Review Act to quash a regulation — until this year. In all, the GOP was able to reverse 14 regulations that had or will get Trump’s signature.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader in the Senate, argued that overturning rules passed at the end of the Obama administration hardly constituted an agenda.

“The fact that they are bragging about these highlights how little else they have accomplished legislatively,” Schumer said.

Republicans have a long way to go in their efforts to repeal and replace the health care law, cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending, all Trump priorities. Still, the GOP made clear soon after election victories in November that one of the first orders of business would be to go after Obama administration rules.

The effort has had strong backing from business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association and prominent anti-abortion groups — all key constituencies that generally back Republican candidates. The Chamber endorsed eight of the 14 repeal resolutions that Congress passed. One still awaits the president’s signature before it can become law.

Republicans reversed Obama rules that enhanced protections for waterways near coal mines, required contractors to disclose violation of 14 federal labor laws for the previous three years when bidding on contracts and imposed tight restrictions on what broadband companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast could do with their customers’ personal data.

Neil Bradley, a senior vice president at the Chamber, said that when it comes to slow economic growth, it’s difficult to say, “This regulation is the culprit, but collectively, that’s what happens.”

“Together, they affected a pretty broad base of the business community,” Bradley said.

Democrats overwhelmingly voted against most of the regulatory repeals. Republicans generally supported them, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to allow states to deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. That reversed a rule Obama issued in his last weeks in office.

While many of the actions were designed to help businesses, others addressed social issues, including the repeal of a regulation designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people. The NRA as well as advocacy groups for the disabled and the ACLU weighed in. They said it was discriminatory for the Social Security Administration to forward the names of certain beneficiaries to the instant background check system based on a mental disability and having a third party manage their benefits.

Democrats and environmentalists scored one victory last week.

Senate Republicans failed to overturn a rule that would have forced energy companies to capture more of the methane that’s burned off or “flared” at drilling sites. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he considered the rule onerous but undoing it would have prevented the Bureau of Land Management from issuing a similar rule in the future.

McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joined Democrats on the vote.

GOP leaders opted not to bring a couple dozen other repeal resolutions up for a vote, including one that would have blocked a rule designed to protect funds on prepaid debit cards in case of fraud and unauthorized use.

Still, the 14 victories gave Republicans a chance to crow.

“In just a few short months, we have turned a significant corner from how things operated under the Obama administration,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “Instead of going around Congress to push through regulations, the president is working with us to ease the burden.”

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PaulE
4 years ago

Once again the dynamic, progressive duo of McCain and Graham voted in support of their Democrat comrades to keep a last minute unnecessary and costly Obama regulation related to methane emissions, which have already been dropping drastically since 2011, in place. Cost to the economy and ultimately the American taxpayers is $1.8 billion. Yet these two consistent supporters of Democrat positions never have any trouble being re-elected, time after time, by supposedly conservative Republican voters in Arizona and South Carolina. Makes you wonder if the people voting to re-elect these two over and over again even have a clue how these two faux Republican Senators actually vote. This isn’t a yet another stupid call for term limits by the way. We already have that and it is called voting during BOTH the primary and general election process to replace people like in Washington. People need to be more involved in their state’s primary political process, so relics like these two can be replaced by someone that actually stands up for the people they supposedly represent back home. Just a thought.

Joining the dynamic duo in snatching defeat from the jaws of what should have been a easy victory on this issue was Susan Collins. Another one who is right up there with Macro “I’m going to run for President again in 2020 or 2024” Rubio in her willingness to side with Democrats in hopes of being “more popular” with the mainstream media and thus raising her national standing for either a future Presidential or V.P. run.

Rick
4 years ago

Rinos McCain, Graham, and Collins are the biggest impediment Republicans have!

Garland Young
4 years ago

Do you think we will ever overcome all the damage done by the Obama Presidency ? Some of it drifted into the Republican Party. Like the hatred for Pres Trump. Presently our only hope.

Hen3ry
4 years ago

Repealing unnecessary regulations
I love it
The more regulations the government and the bureaucratic branch promulgates
The more our lives and the economy get mucked up.
How can a small business deal with all the pages & pages of stuff being dumped on us.
Of course the Dems will resist the trend
It is a trend that will shrink their power and control over the domain.

John Schoepf
4 years ago

I think that in general, the only gun owners we have to worry about don’t pay any attention to the law. Honest folks that pay attention to the regulations are NOT the ones, in most cases, that we have to worry about’ Heck, if outlawing guns will make gun crime go away, lets just outlaw crime in general…oh wait we already did that.
Just pass more laws, throw $$ at it, and hope it goes away.

Thomas H Seigo
4 years ago

McCain, Graham and Collins may well have signed their own political careers death warrants by siding with the Liberal Democrsts!

Martin
4 years ago
Reply to  Thomas H Seigo

Yes but McCain can do a lot of damage in the next 6 years.

Veteran
4 years ago
Reply to  Thomas H Seigo

As long as anyone can remember McCain, Graham and Collins have sided and voted with the Democrats, and yet they somehow manage to keep getting reelected. They are RINOs and, as truth in advertising, “Democrats under very loose cover.” Maybe a voter fraud investigation is in order here.

Thomas H
4 years ago
Reply to  Veteran

RINOs always talk conservative during elections, only to flip back to democrat-lite the second after they are re-elected. I blame the dumb voters who fall for this every election.

Arteest
4 years ago
Reply to  Thomas H Seigo

We can only hope. AZ had a chance with McCain but dropped the ball. Term limits would help.

Martin
4 years ago

Sad that Arizona and the GOP and America is going to have to put up with McCain until 2022. With McCain, Graham and Collins so undependable the GOP will never be able to pass anything.

Bill Roth
4 years ago

It’s not a matter of who can have, but of who should not have guns. The law breakers and gang bangers are the ones shooting up our cities like Chicago, not the law abiders. They only seek self protection for themselves and their families. Sam and his ilk don’t like the idea of self protection. They think the police will be at their side as soon as they call them. The cops are only there to take a report of a crime unless it happens right in front of them.

sam
4 years ago

so…now the whole purpose of the republican party is to see how much of the democratic law they can squash?…even if some of that law as for our own good and good law? I can see some of it…but the gun laws in this country are a joke and while we all have a right to guns…there has to be some limit to what we can have and who can have them..unless our legacy is that we allowed the murder of women, children innocents so that the gun lobby and the NRA could make fists full of dollars.
As for the Coal industry..this is an industry whose time has come and gone…both for the fact that the only coal left in profitable amounts is the dirty stuff that chokes our kids, and that pretty much no amount of legislation is going to reopen most of the closed mines. Why is it that the country cannot see a way to offer the coal industry a way out? why can we offer the polluting industries a limited time first dibb on clean energy development? …or offer the oil industry a 20 year exclusive on Hydrogen sales and infrastructure before we open the market up to home solar hydrogen and other methods? If these huge companies are too large to die, then why can’t we nudge them into the future with incentives to develop new clean power and the infrastructure? Meanwhile, why does the republican congress insist that the only way to govern is to play political games and revenge tactics instead of figuring out a way to make this planet last and support us all in a healthy manner?
My above comments are not anti-republican..they are just common sense and shouldn’t the government, no matter who has the majority at the time, strive to benefit the people more than to one-up the other party?

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  sam

Sam, most of the pollution we are getting is actually coming from China’s profligate use of “unscrubbed” coal. Many of the homes still rely on coal for cooking. They have so much coal ash that it is being mixed in with pet food and shipped to the US and other nations.
But we on the other hand do have mandated scrubbing equipment to remove sulfer and other components that lead to acid rain. BUT in all cases do we NOT need to scrub CO2. It is only a trace gas. Global Warming Hysteria is FAKE science pushed by “Big Government” to stealfully overtax the American public and to degrade the quality of life for the common people.

Steve Harmon
4 years ago
Reply to  sam

“so…now the whole purpose of the republican party is to see how much of the democratic law they can squash?” Yup, that’s good enough for me. ” I can see some of it…but the gun laws in this country are a joke and while we all have a right to guns…there has to be some limit to what we can have and who can have them..unless our legacy is that we allowed the murder of women, children innocents so that the gun lobby and the NRA could make fists full of dollars.” Yup, “the right of the people”, not the right of some people. ” As for the Coal industry..this is an industry whose time has come and gone”. Nope, 33% of our electricity comes from coal, are you willing to set the example and go back to the stone age, hunt your own food and prep it for storage in an underground dirt room? Please don’t educate yourself or change your views, you provide so many laughs with your complete ignorance and lack of common sense. :D :D :D :D

Thomas H
4 years ago
Reply to  sam

You have been asleep your entire life if you think it is the republicans playing politics. Also, there have been close to zero “good” laws enacted by the democrats at least since the mid 60s. As far as “common sense”, where have you been the last eight years?

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