Federal agencies are rushing out a final volley of executive actions in the last two months of Barack Obama’s presidency, despite warnings from Republicans in Congress and the reality that Donald Trump will have the power to erase much of their handiwork after Jan. 20.
Regulations on commodities speculation, air pollution from the oil industry, doctors’ Medicare drug payments and high-skilled immigrant workers are among the rules moving through the pipeline as Obama’s administration grasps at one last chance to cement his legacy. So are regulations tightening states’ oversight of online colleges and protecting funding for Planned Parenthood.
Also moving ahead are negotiations on an investment treaty with China and decisions by the Education Department on whether to offer debt relief to students at defunct for-profit colleges. The Department of Transportation may also go ahead with a ban on cellphone calls on commercial flights and a rule requiring that most freight trains have at least two crew members on duty.
Some agencies are pulling back, fearful that Trump and the GOP-led Congress will use a seldom-invoked legislative tool to permanently wipe out their 11th-hour regulations. For example, the Interior Department has failed to release a long-awaited rule to protect streams from coal mining pollution — and indications are it might never issue it.
But other agencies have signaled full steam ahead despite the threat of Republicans consigning their work to oblivion, in a dynamic that will be crucial to deciding how much of Obama’s legacy survives the ascendant Trump era.
"As I've mentioned to you before, we're running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama's presidency,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote agency employees the day after the Nov. 8 election. “Thank you for taking that run with me. I'm looking forward to all the progress that still lies ahead."
As many as 98 final regulations under review at the White House as of Nov. 15 could be implemented before Trump takes office. Seventeen regulations awaiting final approval are considered “economically significant,” with an estimated economic impact of at least $100 million a year.
Miffed congressional leaders are warning the agencies to halt their work on so-called midnight regulations, specifically objecting to Obama’s call earlier this year for “audacious executive action.” In a letter to agency heads on Nov. 15, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and every House committee chairman cautioned them “against finalizing pending rules or regulations in the Administration’s last days.”
“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.”
Trump has promised to wipe out as much of Obama’s regulatory agenda as he can, saying he will cancel “all illegal and overreaching executive orders” and eliminate “every wasteful and unnecessary regulation which kills jobs.”
One powerful weapon at Republicans’ disposal is the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that essentially allows lawmakers and the president to impose a death penalty on regulations they oppose. Come January, Congress can use the law to repeal any rule that an agency finished after this past May 30, using simple-majority votes — and afterward, agencies will be forbidden to enact any regulation that is “substantially the same.”
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The nightmare is coming to an end.
Satan loves to work in the dark. He does the most damage then. He leads his minions to celebrate in the night with actions that others deem evil and debauchery, full of lust and filth. The activities of the socialists are the same. They whisper in the ear the commands of evil and run to their destruction. Satan does this to destroy the weak minded and low of moral life. They call good evil and evil good. They use lies about climate change to put fear in the hearts of the weak and mentally challenged. His work is never done. His schemes are many and varied as he goes about spreading in the weak minds and hearts of those who follow him the ways to disrupt any good deeds and place his many foul deeds there. The hearts of insanity are his playground. Every evil thought and deed has a place in his scheme. He knows his time is very short and the light is about to burst out for eternity for those who oppose him, they will receive the darkness they so loved for many years... this time with torments.
Today we have demons who have entered the progressives and evil is there continued intent and they will not stop until they are made to stop. They are called the evil ones who do lawlessness and who promote every wicked action and oppose every good deed that would promote peace and goodness. They run the streets breaking the laws with their nakedness and evil for everyone to see. The weak minded do nothing to curb their actions even though there are laws against it. The righteous are made to suffer under their madness.
THEY DO THIS IN THE NIGHT AND WORK EVIL IN THE DAY EMBOLDENED TO DO MORE EVIL.
O God I pray that you will give Trump the wisdom of Solomon and men and women who love the light and for guidance as Trump asked us to pray. Use him mightily for thy glory for thy people's sake who call upon thy name and suffer under the evil doers in our land. We pray for the many victims who now are dead who gave their life to the butchers evil and who wait for your time that their blood will be avenged. In Jesus Christ our Lord we pray... in "GOD WE TRUST".
Congress needs to pass a Joint Resolution... informing all senior Civil Service staffers that any and all regulations being foisted upon the American People, by this Administration as it leaves office, will be repealed and must not be implemented... or they can all look for new jobs.
It is time for Congress to act... too, reinforce Trump's positions, by informing the CIVIL SERVICE, that all of Obama's last minute regulations need to be stonewalled and kept under lock and key, until Congress and the Trump Administration gives them a green light... or kills them. Anyone in the Civil Service, not following the advice of Congress, should take note that they will be removed from their office, if they fail to heed the sense of the Congress, contained in a Joint Resolution.
Let everyone write or call their members of Congress... to request that they act to stop this rash of regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration.... by passing a Joint Resolution of Congress... clearly stating such regulatory overreach will be met with massive repeals and corrective action against those members, of the Civil Service, who act upon such ill advised regulatory overreach.... Drain the swamp... including the CIVIL SERVICE.
Add to your list those appointees that Obozo added as favors to his "supporters: that have burrowed in from appointed jobs to permanent Civil Service positions. ALL appointments~~ALL! And that includes the permanent stipend reportedly to be paid to Moochelle's mother (some $160,000/year) for her 8 years of living free in the White House and BABYSITTING her own granddaughters!!
In addition, all the Islamists that Obozo installed in very sensitive positions in the Homeland Secuity, State Department, Intelligence Agencies (some 26 as is reported to exist)
Draining the swamp means killing Obozo's alligators first!
The "Left's" token social experiment is coming to an end. Oh Happy Days. Maybe 'bathhouse' Barry and Ms.Tranny will ride off in the sunset and never be heard from again. We should be so lucky.
As stated in the KJV Old Testament Bible......."and there arose a generation that knew not God. "Democrat leadership and Liberals have evolved into "purveyors of evil." Not knowing right from wrong. Not knowing their right from the left. Having given themselves to lasciviousness and reprobate of mind. Someone smarter in the scriptures than me could possibly add to this.
Fine we have 8 years to wipe out every vestige of anything he wrote,,,,,that will be this xxholes legacy.