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.
Despite the threat, some agencies still remained steadfast in their mission to over-regulate America.
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.