Several of President Barack Obama’s federal agencies have outlined as many as 98 final regulations for him to implement via executive fiat prior to his departure from the White House in early 2017.
According to Politico, the proposed regulations cover everything from commodities speculation to air pollution, coal mining, fracking and even Planned Parenthood, whose funding the administration hopes to protect.
The regulations would also reportedly further anchor Obamacare into law, making it more cumbersome for President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress to abolish it when he steps into office.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has warned, however, that any “midnight regulations” rushed through in Obama’s final days would ultimately be revoked, one way or another.
“Should you ignore this counsel, please be aware that we will work with our colleagues to ensure that Congress scrutinizes your actions — and, if appropriate, overturns them – pursuant to the Congressional Review Act,” he wrote in a letter to Obama’s federal agencies, The Hill reported.
Despite the threat, some agencies still remained steadfast in their mission to over-regulate America.
“As I’ve mentioned to you before, we’re running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama’s presidency,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy reportedly wrote to her fellow agency employees the day after Trump won the 2016 election.
As explained by the Foundation for Economic Education, the strategy for blocking quickly crafted regulations by the EPA and other agencies centered on passing a bill dubbed the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would reportedly strengthen the 1996 Congressional Review Act and thus empower Congress with the authority to overturn needless executive regulations.
“As it is now, CRA actions can cover only one rule at a time,” the foundation wrote. “Given that more than 1,000 regulations will be CRA-eligible next Congress, this could mean a lot of votes.”
Were Congress to pass the Midnight Rules Relief Act, it could bundle its repeals together, making it exceptionally easy for Republican lawmakers to halt Obama’s lame-duck actions.