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Congress Just Voted to Strip All Power From Obama For The Rest Of His Presidency

Barack Obama has been stripped of the power to pass any new laws or impose new policies, as the Midnight Rule Relief Act passed on Thursday. 

The bill, passed by a 240-179 majority, amends the Congressional Review Act to overturn in a single vote any regulations Obama attempts to put through in his final days in office.

Thehill.com reports:

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) urged his colleagues on the floor Thursday morning to pass the legislation and tell the American people that lawmakers heard them on Election Day loud and clear.

“The American people have said no to the continuance of the Obama administration’s policies,” he said.

“This bill guarantees that Congress can prevent any and all last-minute defiance of the people’s will by midnight regulations that stubbornly seem to entrench the last pieces of the administration’s bipartisan agenda.”

House Republicans are doing everything in their power to keep the Obama administration from enacting any new rules in its final days.

Earlier in the week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned the federal agencies in a letter not to finalize any pending rules or regulations from now to the inauguration. Those that are, he assured, will be scrutinized and — if appropriate — overturned.

While the bill targets rules finalized in the lame-duck period between Election Day and President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) argues its reach is much further.

Despite the bill’s colorful title, he said the legislation allows Congress to overturn rules finalized as far back as May.

Johnson cited pro-regulatory groups like Public Citizen in disputing Republican claims that midnight regulations are rushed through at the end of an administration in haste. Quoting a recent report, he said rules finalized in the last three months of an administration take 3.6 years on average to complete.

“This is a solution to non-existent and undocumented problem,” he said, adding that once a rule is invalidated, an agency cannot adopt a similar rule without Congressional consent.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) accused House Republicans of trying once again to undermine President Obama.

“This is en bloc destruction of regulations that may save lives,” she said. “This is to say, ‘In your eye, Mr. President.’ ”

The bill’s author, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), rebutted that claim.

“The Congress lady would have you believe it’s an attack on our president. It’s not,” he said. “It’s a law that would allow Congress to reassert the authority that’s constitutionally and inherently always ours.”

Democrats offered several amendments that were ultimately rejected, including exceptions for rules that are issued in response to a matter of national security, address the harmful effects of climate change or have benefits that exceed their costs.

The administration has already threatened a veto if the bill were to make it to the president’s desk.

In a statement, the Executive Office of the President said the bill is unnecessary because the Congressional Review Act already allows for Congress to disapprove rules on a case-by-case basis.

“In addition, the bill would expand the scope of rules subject to the CRA such that by the time a vote on a resolution occurs, some of the rules may have been in effect for over a year,” the executive office said.

“By doing so, H.R. 5982 would create tremendous regulatory uncertainty, potentially impose additional costs on businesses, and represent a step backwards for applying sound regulatory principles to protect public health, safety, the environment, and other critical aspects of society.”

Source: AnonCo 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Jeff T

    November 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Hank and Sheilea…the cream of the crop. It’s hard to distinguish exactly which one of them is indeed the biggest idiot on earth.

  2. D J Blaine

    November 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Democrats definitely have a problem with anything that doesnt give them the last word! Talk crap and do nothing. 8 years was way too long to have stuff crammed down our throats!

  3. Claude Slage

    November 20, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Hell yeah it is undermining Obama. That is the point. That Kenyan imposter needs to be reigned in until Trump gets in there.

  4. Cory Collins

    November 21, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Excellent move by Congress. Let the left complain.

  5. Aka Jack Vangiggle

    November 21, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you,oh,My Gosh,Thankl you sop much,there are not Words to Explain…..All i can Do is say Thank you for Saving America from this barrack Hussein Obama,Will Definatly sleep better than i have been,because Now ,there is No p[ossible Wayt for Mr. Obama to carrie out,& or Finish the Story Written in his Final Theses before leaving School,Whitch was Titled: “How to Bring Down America”,Nor Can he Implement Executive Order 13603,you have Saved this Nation,From Getting Uglier than it Ever Could Be.

  6. Williiam

    November 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    serves you right Obama!

  7. Michael Gayer

    November 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    While it passed the House, It must Pass the Senate. If it does that is great and why did it take 8 years to get this done. The POS in the WH has done nothing but create trouble since day one.
    Hang a Demonrat.

  8. Henry Leunissen

    November 24, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    They should have done that 7 1/2 years ago.

  9. Virginia

    November 25, 2016 at 2:55 am

    It should be true but it’s another lie. Obama needs tied up.

  10. Shirley

    November 25, 2016 at 3:45 am

    I’m glad to see Congress FINALLY stepping up to the plate and doing the job they should have been doing for the past 8 yrs instead of letting Obama do whatever he wanted to do.

  11. thomas

    November 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    good job republicans. impeach obama and end the problem.

  12. Maggie McMullan

    November 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    As usual, we didn’t get the full story. What about the Senate? Do they have any say? Or is this Repubs trying to pull another fast one making us think they really did something when it turns out to be more of the same…

  13. Patricia

    November 27, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Don’t let that bastard Obama do another thing to the USA.

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