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14 Reforms Restore Power to the People

May 18, 2017
Press Release

The Republican Congress and the President have taken immediate action to repeal Obama-era regulations. The House began this year working on regulatory reform not only because it would save the people money (so far our regulatory reform work has saved billions of dollars), and protect jobs, but because it’s wrong for unelected  people in Washington to make such important decisions for everyone else.

So the House and Senate passed and the President signed 14 Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions overturning regulations that exceeded the bureaucracy’s authority and hurt the well-being of the people.

McCarthy said this after President Trump signed the 14th CRA:

“Approving and enacting these 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions in fewer than four months is unprecedented. Not only did we stop bad regulations from being imposed on the American people, we made sure the bureaucracy can’t write any other rules like these ever again. Overturning these last-minute Obama-era regulations was good for our economy, good for our Constitution, and most importantly, good for our people. Estimates have shown that our regulatory reform this year has saved us billions of dollars and saved thousands of jobs. Some of the overreaching regulations we reversed would have undermined core constitutional rights, from the 2nd Amendment to our due process protections.

“But it’s restoring the ability of the American people to control their own lives that means the most. Finishing these CRAs is a noteworthy success in our mission to take power out of the hands of the unelected bureaucracy in Washington and give it back to the American people. None of these rules were voted on by the people’s representatives. None of these rules were necessary. The people didn’t have the say they are guaranteed and deserve. Repealing these regulations helps put the people back in charge of Washington.”

These CRA’s improve American energy, increase local control, defend our rights and equally apply the law, protect our workers, and save lives. 

 

Improve American Energy

  • The Stream Buffer Rule (H.J. Res. 38) would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America’s coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs.
     
  • The SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction (H.J. Res. 41) would have put an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly traded American energy companies, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses.
     

Increase Local Control

  • The Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (H.J. Res. 44) would have reduced local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government’s control over more than 175 million acres of land—about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.—in 11 western states.
     
  • The Teacher Preparation Rule (H.J. Res. 58) would have forced states to use Washington’s standards to determine whether a teacher preparation program is effective, undermining local control over education and potentially exacerbating the shortage of special education teachers.
     
  • The Education Accountability Rule (H.J. Res. 57) would have been an unfunded mandate imposing Washington’s standard for how to assess schools on state and local governments.
     
  • The Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing Rule (H.J. Res. 42) would have severely restricted states’ ability to limit drug abusers from receiving unemployment benefits even if the drug users are not able and available for work, as the law requires.
     
  • The National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Rule (H.J. Res. 69) would have infringed on Alaska’s right to sustainably manage fish and wildlife by overregulating hunting—a move that could set the stage for the federal government to undermine local control across the entire U.S.
     

Defend Our Rights & Equally Apply the Law

  • The Social Security Administration’s Second Amendment Restrictions (H.J. Res. 40) would have increased scrutiny on up to 4.2 million law-abiding disabled Americans attempting to purchase firearms, potentially depriving people of their constitutional rights without proper due process protections.
     
  • The Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule (H.J. Res. 37) would have unjustly blocked many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts before they’ve even had a chance to defend themselves in court.
     
  • The OSHA Power Grab Rule (H.J. Res. 83) would have been clearly unlawful. The law explicitly that employers can only be targeted for failing to keep proper health and safety records within a six-month time period. The rule we overturned would have extended that to a full five years.
     
  • FCC Internet Service Provider Rule (S.J. Res. 34) would have treated internet service providers (ISPs) unequally compared to other companies like Google and Facebook by applying different privacy rules to different companies.
     

Protect Workers

  • The State Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 66) would have treated employees unequally by allowing states to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.
     
  • The Local Retirement Plan Rule (H.J. Res. 67) would have treated employees unequally by allowing certain localities to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.
     

Save Lives

  • The Title X Abortion Funding Rule (H.J. Res. 43) would have forced states to administer Title X health funding to abortion providers, even if states want to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage.