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Obama Stripped Of Power As Midnight Rule Relief Act Passes

Congress vote to strip Obama of power to create new laws

Barack Obama has been stripped of the power to pass any new laws or impose new policies, as the Midnight Rule Relief Act passed on Thursday. 

The bill, passed by a 240-179 majority, amends the Congressional Review Act to overturn in a single vote any regulations Obama attempts to put through in his final days in office.

Thehill.com reports:

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) urged his colleagues on the floor Thursday morning to pass the legislation and tell the American people that lawmakers heard them on Election Day loud and clear.

“The American people have said no to the continuance of the Obama administration’s policies,” he said.

“This bill guarantees that Congress can prevent any and all last-minute defiance of the people’s will by midnight regulations that stubbornly seem to entrench the last pieces of the administration’s bipartisan agenda.”

House Republicans are doing everything in their power to keep the Obama administration from enacting any new rules in its final days.

Earlier in the week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned the federal agencies in a letter not to finalize any pending rules or regulations from now to the inauguration. Those that are, he assured, will be scrutinized and — if appropriate — overturned.

While the bill targets rules finalized in the lame-duck period between Election Day and President-elect Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) argues its reach is much further.

Despite the bill’s colorful title, he said the legislation allows Congress to overturn rules finalized as far back as May.

Johnson cited pro-regulatory groups like Public Citizen in disputing Republican claims that midnight regulations are rushed through at the end of an administration in haste. Quoting a recent report, he said rules finalized in the last three months of an administration take 3.6 years on average to complete.

“This is a solution to non-existent and undocumented problem,” he said, adding that once a rule is invalidated, an agency cannot adopt a similar rule without Congressional consent.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) accused House Republicans of trying once again to undermine President Obama.

“This is en bloc destruction of regulations that may save lives,” she said. “This is to say, ‘In your eye, Mr. President.’ ”

The bill’s author, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), rebutted that claim.

“The Congress lady would have you believe it’s an attack on our president. It’s not,” he said. “It’s a law that would allow Congress to reassert the authority that’s constitutionally and inherently always ours.”

Democrats offered several amendments that were ultimately rejected, including exceptions for rules that are issued in response to a matter of national security, address the harmful effects of climate change or have benefits that exceed their costs.

The administration has already threatened a veto if the bill were to make it to the president’s desk.

In a statement, the Executive Office of the President said the bill is unnecessary because the Congressional Review Act already allows for Congress to disapprove rules on a case-by-case basis.

“In addition, the bill would expand the scope of rules subject to the CRA such that by the time a vote on a resolution occurs, some of the rules may have been in effect for over a year,” the executive office said.

“By doing so, H.R. 5982 would create tremendous regulatory uncertainty, potentially impose additional costs on businesses, and represent a step backwards for applying sound regulatory principles to protect public health, safety, the environment, and other critical aspects of society.”

  • mike

    THE best & most important news yet – that MUSLIM must be stopped & all his EO previously created on Friday evenings be recinded

    • Buzz

      Yep, I am smiling, how about you out there?

  • Black Swan

    ” Truth the most deadly weapon discovered by humanity, capable of destroying entire perceptual sets, cultures and realities. Outlawed by all governments everywhere, possession is normally punishable by death.” Irving Janis

    • Buzz

      Each and every mayor coming out to protect Sanctuary cities and this queer, Muslim in DC needs to be arrested, jailed and then shot as called for in the Constitution for Sedition against the people of the USA. Soros needs to be taken down by our mercenaries.

      • fourdog

        You are actually sick you know that? You probably don’t even know what sedition means…..

    • fourdog

      Yea…and obviously you people don’t believe in truth…..just the same old garbage from fake news.

      • Black Swan

        ” Never argue with stupid people, they will try to drag you down to their level IQ below 70, and beat you with experience.” Mark Twain

  • Yankeetraveler

    This guy should have been removed from office, by force if necessary, ASAP! 8 years of his destructive ideology is plenty enough! Few weeks is still a few weeks to much!!

    • Buzz

      Blame Pelosi and Boehner.

    • fourdog

      Better read the constitution…..they cannot do this…..this is fake news….get real.

      • Sarabella

        where is hte constitution does it say that?? 🙂

    • fourdog

      what an ass you are.

  • DoraG38

    Finally! Something will be done to stop the madness in our white house. Should have been done years ago, but better late than never. A President who acts outside Congress is a bad president.

    • Buzz

      He is not a president, he is an illegal that was allowed by Boehner and Pelosi to fit himself into the Oval office..and now, they are not going to clean it for the next president nor allow it to be re-vamped..low lifes if there ever were any. Probably have lice and mice and smell like Muslims.

      • fourdog

        racist much?

  • Just me

    Does this count for pardoning? I doubt it

    • Buzz

      No..he cannot pardon anyone..no one has been charged.

      • Donna

        You don’t have to be charged with a crime to be pardoned.

        • Colin Young

          If one is charged then it is a pardon. If they are not charged then it is amnesty.

          • fourdog

            amnesty? for what?

        • LogicDefined

          What exactly would be “pardoned” if one has no conviction? Where’s the crime to pardon?

      • OzCop

        I thought the same thing Buzz…as it turns out, he can indeed pardon for past crimes, whether charges are brought or not…He can do a blanket coverage of all past criminal behavior, without listing anything in particular…He can NOT pardon her for future crimes…

        • fourdog

          God you people are so stupid………..

    • Papa Ron

      My question as well, and an important one.

  • Turduckin

    ‘MERICA!!

  • cudapup

    “Elections have consequences’ – Barrack H Obama.

    • Buzz

      Yeah they do Obama and just look what we got..TRASH!

      • Kenneth Freed

        I know, wasn’t Obummer trash?

  • radicalizedconservative

    FINALLY the reign of terror of KING O’BUMMER is being over-turned! His over-reach and executive orders made us miserable long enough. Now, to get the dumb-ass bathroom PC BS over turned!

    • LogicDefined

      PC was never a law. It was merely a suggestion. To think otherwise, the 1st amendment would have been overturned. It was a choice. You either would agree to keep your mouth shut or you could stand your ground. When it was first suggested to me by a lawyer, I responded, “Was the 1st amendment overturned? I hadn’t heard.” She said nothing. PC was created to silence the truth. You have noticed haven’t you, that the rule never did apply to the Left. They could say whatever they wished to us no matter how offensive to us, but if WE did, oh, my word!!! Call the word-police!

    • fourdog

      Better bone up on the constitution……obviously you think you know it all. this is so fake it is pathetic. another fake news story that you Trumpsters believe. what losers…………..

  • Buzz

    Cripe, Assad is not nearly as dangerous as this freak we have in DC whom is a bi-racial thug of the worst kind..he is the biggest and most dangerous terrorist we have next to Soros; Clinton is not far behind. This is good news indeed; will shut down this POS from creating more havoc.

  • Icon

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) accused House Republicans of trying once again to undermine President Obama.
    So the problem is?????????????

    • fourdog

      The problem is you should be blaming the Republican congress for the last 8 years that you think Obama has put in ruin…..They have been in control and have obstructed everything Obama wanted to do whether it was good or bad. Now why would ANY congress want to do that? They were nothing but childish whiney babies not able to work with the president. And now you want us to bow down to Trump and support his ass? I think not. He will get no respect from me or any of his nonsupporters. And in 4 years you won’t have anyone to blame but Trump and the once again Republican congress. Be prepared because Trump cares nothing for you.

  • Nanette Gray

    Any one that has doubt of the destructive rhetorical brainwashing of about 50% of Americans only has to look at comments by the people who voted like “good little zombies” for the democrat party..the more they act out and post hate, the more people will also vote again four years from now again renewing our commitment of taking our country back!

    • diana harrell

      Well stated and I agree 100%.

    • kay

      i agree, there is an old saying * don’t cut your nose of to spite your face* meaning don’t hurt yourself by trying to punish others* I taught that to my kids….the democrats, liberal who are out there rioting, destroying personal property and hurting innocent people are not doing their party any favors…Violent protest just makes them hated and not trusted. And everyone wanting them arrested or sent back where they came from… Violent protesting never accomplishes anything, No one hears what they are protesting about. People just see the damage and hurt they do…and in 4 years when a democrat trys to run again the silent majority the law abiding people of this country will remember these violent protest and think that party is incapable of leading…so yea in 4 years we will be remembering and voting again …the silent majority really does have the power and they wield it with their votes ….hopefully the brained washed 50% will find the light

      • Dale Beaty

        You didn’t have a majority, you won the electoral college and in 4 years the people that voted for Trump out of spite or didn’t vote at all will have seen that he is making decisions based on how it affects his business and his rich friends and how much they can make on the rest of us and will vote accordingly if he’s not impeached first.

    • fourdog

      YOU are the ones that have been brainwashed by a racist bigot who ran his campaign on hate. He does not care one iota about you. He is only going to line his pockets and you will be paying for it. He is already flip flopping on his campaign promises….no wall, on appeal of Obamacare, he is already filling the swamp with the same bottom feeding swamp dwellers…….the same he said he would drain. If you like that kind of leader then have at it.

  • Jim O’Neil

    Doesn’t the Senate have to pass this as well?

    • LogicDefined

      We all need to take lessons on the Constitution. John Birch Society is now offering classes.

  • Richard Muccillo Nmd Dcm

    He needs to be arrested and tried for treason

    • fourdog

      and what did he do that is treasonous? Give proof and site your proof positive. You can’t because it isn’t true. You are just jealous that THIS president had no scandal…..what a pity we won’t be able to say the same about Trump….you wait

  • kay

    Finally, some good has come out of congress. This will put the clamps on every president from her on out democrats and republican alike….

  • TruthMakesPeace

    No pardons without Supreme Court review.

  • Wade Jacoby

    Good idea when you’re talking about a guy who stood there like he was the King and told everyone they had to build new bathrooms. lol

    • fourdog

      You mean that was your biggest worry??? Really?

      • Wade Jacoby

        No. My biggest worry was that his exit wouldn’t be peaceful. And it hasn’t been.

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    Despite the bill’s colorful title, he said the legislation allows Congress to overturn rules finalized as far back as May.

    It must be nice to live in the fantasy whirled of politics.

    ANY, ALL rules. regulations and presidential edicts are subservient to the Constitution.

    Any rule, regulation or edict that WAS NOT LEGISLATED BY CONGRESS is automatically NULL AND VOID.

    The Constitution is very clear on who has power to make laws.