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.

Obama, all your efforts will be reversed Jan 21st. You will go down in history as the traitorous Communist tyrant that you are. Your own family thinks your sick.

If I say it enough times maybe: This is a POS that should be executed for treason

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".

AMEN!

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.

Ron

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!

JMHO

Joe

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.

Barack WHO??

Exactly!

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ALERT ALERT

Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.

SLAVEHOLDER??

Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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