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GOP Unified to Move Quickly to Get Rid of Obama-Era Regulations

GOP Unified to Move Quickly to Get Rid of Obama-Era Regulations

President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:20 PM EST

Republican congressmen are united in an effort to quickly rescind dozens of Obama administration regulations that could herald sweeping changes to federal labor, environmental and financial oversight, The Washington Post reported.

The House has already passed several sweeping bills that would not only get rid of many regulations, but would also make it difficult to issue new ones, and more such legislation is being crafted.

GOP lawmakers are being pressed to go full-speed ahead by conservative activist groups to fulfill years of small-government promises while the party did not have the power to pass such legislation.

Making the task easier is while Republicans are divided among themselves in several areas, this is an issue the various factions have in common.

Trump vowed during the campaign in a September policy speech "[r]egulations have grown into a massive, job-killing industry, and the regulation industry is one business I will put an end to."

And the Koch-affiliated Freedom Partners recently issued a "Roadmap to Repeal," which describes dozens of regulations it says make up an "unprecedented onslaught of regulatory costs on the U.S. economy."

Among the regulations the Republicans hope to do away with are new Interior Department rules aimed at protecting waterways near coal mines and a Labor Department regulation that expands overtime eligibility. The House Freedom Caucus also wants to eliminate school-lunch nutrition guidelines and anti-tobacco programs.

Democrats and their supporters have warned of significant and lasting harm to the public from such a Republican agenda, the Post reported.

"What you do when you repeal regulations or make it harder to have regulations is you make it better for business, better for the Chamber crowd, better for the manufacturing folk," Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen said Wednesday on the House floor. "The side that loses is that of the consumers and the folks who will be injured or killed because of lack of regulations."

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Republican congressmen are united in an effort to quickly rescind dozens of Obama administration regulations that could herald sweeping changes to federal labor, environmental and financial oversight, The Washington Post reported.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:20 PM
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