Barack Hussein Obama may have only a few weeks left in office, but he’s made it clear that he wants to go out with a bang by issuing as many regulations as he can with the goal of making the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency as difficult as possible.
He’s doing this despite the fact that when he transitioned into the White House in 2009, his then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel urged President George W. Bush-controlled federal agencies to halt all pending regulations.
Now, Republicans in Congress have turned on Obama, sending him a similar memo asking him to halt all pending regulations before Trump takes office.
“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,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with the 21 committee chairmen, wrote in a recent letter to Obama.
IJ Review reported that McCarthy cited Emanuel’s 2009 letter as the inspiration of his own. The letter was sent right after Obama’s White House suggested that it would not stop issuing regulations in the final weeks of the administration.
“We have the opportunity to return to commonsense principles of regulation and curb unnecessary government interference in the private sector,” the senators wrote in their letter. “In doing so, we will grow the economy, create jobs, and, above all, help the people who have been overlooked the past eight years. To this end, we respectfully request you honor the will of the American people and refrain from working on or issuing any new, non-emergency regulations while carrying out your remaining term in office.”
Obama blatantly ignored this on Monday when he finalized The Stream Protection Rule, which places restrictions on coal mining operations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately promised to reverse the ridiculous regulations Obama is putting forth.
“When the new Congress convenes next month, I will also introduce a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn this egregious regulation and work with my colleagues to use every tool available to turn back this regulatory assault on coal country,” McConnell said.