Now that Obama is heading out of the White House and the Democrats are have virtually no power in the House and Congress, many are looking to undo what Obama hath wrought.
Republicans are readying themselves to use Gingrich’s Congressional Review Act to do away with Obama’s midnight rulings, as per The Boston Globe.
Newt Gingrich created this legislative motion 20 years ago, and it combats regulatory overreach with extreme speed.
It was used once before in 2001 to dispatch a safety rule in the workplace governing ergonomics, which was implemented late in the Clinton administration.
Now, Republicans are setting their sights on a higher prize. “We plan to robustly use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the midnight regulations of Barack Obama,” said Wyoming Republican John Barrasso, the leader of this effort by the Senate. “His legacy lost. The American people said, ‘No, we don’t want that. We want to change direction.’”
This tool will allow them to get rid of any last-minute rulings that Obama tries to inflict on the American people, as he is trying to do all he can in the final moments of his presidency. However, with this in our corner, Obama’s efforts will be for nothing.
Gingrich is thrilled that his creation is going to, once again, get some use, seeing as he is now a close Trump adviser. This means that anything Obama does against Trump as a last minute “f*** you” may not be able to see the light of day.
“We’ve gone through a period where unelected bureaucrats have arrogated a level of dictatorial power that can ruin lives, close companies, and totally disrupt local governments with no recourse,” Gingrich stated. “And to reassert the elected officials is, I think, a good thing.”
The Congressional Review Act encapsulates the sometimes absurd implementations that come out of Washington, and it helps lawmakers overturn rules they dislike quickly instead of waiting for the years it can take for a new law to be approved.
Under this act, the chambers can pass a “resolution of disapproval,” which the president signs, and then the regulation simply doesn’t exist anymore. It was a great idea from Gingrich and his supporters all those years ago.
This act has many Democrats panicking, and it’s not hard to wonder why. They’re terrified of all their work going down the drain (where it belongs) with the rest of the garbage Obama and his administration created — like Obamacare. It’s time for the shady Democrat rulings to be replaced by laws that actually work, and it’s time for common sense to return to Washington.
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