East County News Service
January 3, 2017 (San Diego) – San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has introduced the Midnight Rules Relief Act, or HR 21. If approved, it would make it easier for Congress to undo regulations issued in the final weeks of President Barack Obama’s administration.
The measure would allow Congress to terminate multiple regulations with a single vote.
Issa contends such actions by Obama and other outgoing Presidents should be curtailed. In a press release issue by his office, Issa states, “Regulations impacting the economy, the environment, families, and our community should be done with great caution and transparency, not get rushed in last-minute on a President’s way out of office.”
The bill is expected to be approved by the House this week and advance to the Senate. If approved by both houses of Congress, it’s unclear whether incoming President Trump would sign the measure, since doing so would not only undo Obama’s parting efforts to secure his legacy, but would also restrict Trump’s future ability to make any late-term actions of his own permanent.