House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House voted to disapprove of several burdensome regulations from the Obama administration. This work is historic, because up until now, only six of these bills have ever made it to the President’s desk. President Bush signed one of them, while President Obama vetoed five. In the past three weeks, the House passed 13, and by the end of this week two will have been signed into law by President Trump.
“The American people demanded a positive disruption in our government, and we’ve hit the ground running. We started by passing the Midnight Rules Relief Act and the REINS Act to reclaim our power of the purse, and over the past three weeks, we’ve taken action on the explosion of Obama-era regulations that are hurting families and destroying jobs all across the country. By using the Congressional Review Act process and rolling back these regulations, we’re putting the people first and restoring their voice in representative government.”
NOTE: Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has the ability to disapprove certain regulations issued in the final months of an outgoing administration, often referred to as “midnight rules.” In a press conference this morning, McMorris Rodgers joined House Republicans to talk about how important — and historic — this process is. On Constitution Day, Chair McMorris Rodgers discussed in an op-ed for National Review Midnight Rules and the need for restoring Congress to its proper role. This week’s disapproval resolutions were introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN).