Federal Agencies Push “Midnight Regulations” Against Congress Warning

Republicans reached out to federal agencies and the Obama administration, asking to resist from pushing new regulations through last minute. However, it seems that these requests are being disregarded.

“House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wrote a letter to federal agency heads earlier this month cautioning against a last minute rush to push through regulations,” Breitbart reports. “But the federal agencies are reportedly ignoring the warning — gearing up to push through many final rules and regulations during Obama’s final weeks. President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

“Earlier this year, President Obama’s Chief of Staff stated that the Administration will ‘do audacious executive action throughout the course of the rest of the year,’” McCarthy wrote. “As you are aware, such action often involves the exercise of substantial policymaking discretion and could have far-reaching impacts on the American people and economy.”

He warned: “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.”

According to Politico, as of Nov. 15, the White House currently had 98 final regulations pending approval, which could be implemented before Obama leaves office.

Despite the warning from Republicans, many federal agencies are pushing through more regulations before Trump takes office on Jan. 20. According to Politico, these agencies include: Department of Education, Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.”

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