Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Hartzler, House pass Midnight Rules Relief Act
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R-Mo.) on Wednesday voted for the Midnight Rules Relief Act, a bill designed to allow Congress to overturn executive branch regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of an outgoing Presidential administration.
Hartzler, an original co-sponsor of the bill, lauded the bill as a part of House Republicans’ efforts to rein in executive regulations and restore legislative power to Congress. “Americans are tired of the crush of regulations coming from unelected bureaucrats,” Hartzler said. “This week we are taking bold steps to roll back what has become an overbearing executive regulatory machine and ensure all laws are made by the legislature – as the Constitution prescribes.”
The Midnight Rules Relief Act specifically amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to allow Congress to reclaim the ability to effectively curtail multiple regulations hurried through the regulatory process in the final days of an outgoing Administration all at once. It’s designed to stem a growing trend by Presidents, of both parties, to use their last few months in office to rush in costly, expensive or controversial new regulations.
The Obama administration has issued or plans to issue a total of 220 midnight rules within the scope of this bill, including multiple billion-dollar rules.
“President Obama has shown he will continue pushing regulations until his last day, but this legislation is not aimed at a single president,” Hartzler added. “This bill is not a partisan or political attack. It is a good government bill that makes sure the will of the people is protected against last-ditch efforts by executives trying to sidestep Congress. I am proud to co-sponsor this bill and pleased to see it pass.”
The House of Representatives passed the measure on Wednesday by a vote of 238-184. It now goes to the Senate for its consideration.