Republicans plan to kill Obama regulations the Newt Gingrich way

WASHINGTON – During Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House, congressional Republicans frequently decried what they saw as regulatory overreach by his administration.

For years the GOP would pass bill after bill trying to nullify some of Obama’s most prominent executive rules, from climate standards to conflict of interest regulations for financial planners, but each effort was met with a veto threat.

Now with Obama gone and a friendly face in the White House, Republicans on Capitol Hill are digging deep into the playbook of former House Speaker and Georgia lawmaker Newt Gingrich to retroactively kill as many leftover policies as they can from the 44th president.

They’re planning to use a procedure Gingrich created in the 1990s that allows Congress to fast-track the repeal of recent federal regulations without the threat of a filibuster in the Senate. Even better for them, once it’s signed by the president agencies are permanently blocked from implementing similar rules in the future.

The House has plans in the works to use such ‘resolutions of disapproval’ to gut five Obama-era rules this week, and GOP leaders say to expect more of the same in the near future.

On the chopping block this week is a rule limiting mining pollution near streams that has long been on the coal industry’s hit list. Ditto for a regulation long-despised by Republicans and gun rights advocates that directs the Social Security Administration to report certain people receiving monthly disability payments to a national background check system for firearms.

 


 

It’s the first in a blitz to void as many of Obama’s environmental and labor regulations as possible, sidelining Senate Democrats who could typically filibuster such legislation.

Members of Congress have a brief window of 60 legislative days to gut a regulation after it’s finalized. Researchers generally estimate that lawmakers will be able to quash rules implemented as far back as June 2016, but a new interpretation making the rounds is that members of Congress may be able to reach back much further.

The tool has only been successfully used once (why would a sitting president let Congress kill one of his own rules?), but with President Donald Trump in power Republicans are hopeful he’ll be more than happy to cancel out as much of Obama’s regulatory legacy as possible.

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David Andrews
David Andrews

Just giving Obama and his democrat brats a taste of what they deserve. They won't stop boycotting long enough to show up and do their job.

Megan Phillips
Megan Phillips

Ask Newt about UFOs - from early on in his career. Anyone remember?

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

Obumma failed this country. His supporters are complete idiots. Raise your hands.

Shea Chamberlain
Shea Chamberlain

Too many regulations on the books. 90% are created by bureaucrats that aren't even elected.

Bonnie Martin
Bonnie Martin

Newt: "Don - what are you wearing today?" Don: "I think I'll wear a blue tie today, and my usual white shirt." Newt: "Cool. I'll wear the red tie then. But I think I'll mix it up with a blue shirt. Then we can look like an American flag so people will think we're patriotic. And Kellyanne will approve. Never piss off Kellyanne."

Debora Hill
Debora Hill

They are to old and almost dead to act that ugly

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

I want everyone who reads this to know that if you voted for tRump, I don't really understand why--I will never understand why you voted to make our country a worse place to live. You have betrayed every American's future.

Sean Paul
Sean Paul

If it is the worst place to live Jeri then leave. I proudly voted for him. Unlike you I want my grandchildren to live in a safe country instead of one with lawlessness. We shouldn't leave them with this 20+trillion debt either. The status quo is what you wanted. You're mad because someone moved your cheese.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Jeri rather follow George Soros and his puppetts.

Angie Parham
Angie Parham

Why don't they just do their job. History has been written. U can't undo him!

Ruth Taylor
Ruth Taylor

Good show making us happy keep on keeping on

Joan Bearden
Joan Bearden

TRUMP ,you need NEWT GINGRICH in your administration. NEWT GINGRICH is the only one that balance our national budget.

Rhonda Chambers
Rhonda Chambers

Trump only have people in his cabinet that can out dumb him.

Larry Sheeter
Larry Sheeter

Did you ever hear anyone call Hill liar y THICK?? NOT nice for name calling like that!!!

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Do what you can, he won't get four more and all of these moves will be reversed in 4 yrs.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Two fatties who can't button their expensive suit jackets and are crazy hungry for power. One of whom is being controlled by a white supremacist and Vladimir Putin. Putin's puppet! We will NOT be silenced by HATE!

Deborah Smith Author
Deborah Smith Author

Connie Crowe Look how she went and googled a big word and even spelled it right. Still no clue what it means, though.

Connie Crowe
Connie Crowe

We go from narcissist #1 to narcissist #2.. Obama was the narcissist of all times.

Linda Vaughters
Linda Vaughters

WHAT AN IDIOT YOU ARE,JUST ANOTHER SORE LOSING LIBERAL WHO KNOWS NOTHING BUT HATE

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Marc Hogg I see all of you above prefer to live under Russian rule! That's a tad treasonous, I prefer the democratic republic of the U.S.A, without a president who's being blackmailed by Putin. Trumplethinskin should put on his big boy pants and STAND UP to VLAD the way he did to Malcolm Turnbull OUR AUSTRALIAN ALLY! (He did that because it was a "safe threat" and he, trumplethinskin, like ALL schoolyard bullies is a coward at heart!)

Larry Sheeter
Larry Sheeter

Hey, Patricia, the puppet you should be referring to is Hill liar y. She is the PUPPET FOR GEORGE SOROS.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Larry Sheeter Still being FOOLED by that conspiracy theory? Google is your friend, try it sometime and learn a little discernment.

Larry Walker
Larry Walker

Do you work for CNN? Blackmailed by Putin? You are lying thru your teeth and do not have one fact to back this up. :I don't live under Russia rule and I don't live under a rock either. When you get tired of being spoon fed by George Soros and his hate groups, get out and get some sunshine. One question: Did you ever think (before the election) that Hillary could actually lose. Is that why you all just keep on throwing hissy fits?

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Larry Walker Hillary won by 3 MILLION votes. Tell that to the narcissist in the White House and watch him come undone.

Kristi Decker
Kristi Decker

You are calling THEM fatties? \U0001f44c\U0001f644 the only one spewing hate is you. You obviously have no idea what the actual facts are about anything and are too butt hurt your criminal Clinton didn't win to hear the facts. Keep living in your wonder made up land of leftist lies to keep babying your hurt pride

Ethel Evans
Ethel Evans

Patricia Evans Give it up!! The Narcissist is our POTUS for 4 yr...!

John Henson
John Henson

Patricia Evans , uh, it's not a democratic republic! It's a constitutional Republic.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

John Henson Au contraire! We are a "constitutionally limited representative DEMOCRATIC republic".

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Guess you rather stand and be lead by the communist GEORGE SOROS. I suggest you do alot of researching. Oh and make sure you research George Soros Protest. You know in your search bar type in GEORGE SOROS PROTEST.

Patricia Evans
Patricia Evans

Liz Dadin Hon, VLADIMIR PUTIN from RUSSIA, a real communist country has our "reality show president" by the SHORT HAIRS. Worry about a REAL problem. Not some other REAL billionaire.

Danley Greene
Danley Greene

Love newt. Very intelligent. He was the reason Bill Clinton had success.

Danley Greene
Danley Greene

Oh yes he was. Read Clinton's book. He said once he started listening to Newt, things started getting better.

Danny Ingram
Danny Ingram

Newt is the man that MADE Clinton present a balanced budget.

Danley Greene
Danley Greene

He could but he's not involved with GA politics.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

He didn't "make" Bill present a balanced budget. They have a Constitutional obligation to do so.

Danley Greene
Danley Greene

What?? Constitutional obligation? Obama never had a balanced budget.

quaterhorselady
quaterhorselady

NOT without a lot of shouting from the more rational of us!!  Like the 3 million who did NOT vote for and will NEVER support the dangerous triumvirate/ troika of Bannon/Putin/trump.

John Henson
John Henson

Two great Americans working hard to make America Great Again.. Get over it Snowflakes!

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Yay! For the anti-intectualism movement!!

John Henson
John Henson

It seems the anti-intellectualism movement has been in charge for the last 8 years.... Also, if you are going to try and use an intellectual word to illustrate your intellectual capability, spell it correctly. Thank you, and have a great day Snowflake