GOP Flips Obama-Era Regulations; Deadline Is Now Past

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In this January 18, 2017 file photo, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, right, confers with Senator James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the committee’s confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Republicans anxious to show they’ve done something point to the reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulation on guns, the internet and the environment. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Kevin Freking on May 15, 2017.

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. …

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. …

Washington Post 5/15

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