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Latta Votes to Reform Midnight Rulemaking

Washington, November 17, 2016 | Drew Griffin (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, to make commonsense changes to regulatory rulemaking oversight at the end of Presidential terms. Often, outgoing administrations will rush implementation of multiple regulations to achieve political goals before their term comes to an end. These regulations can be poorly thought out, overtly political, and lack transparency. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has the authority to disapprove new rules, but only one at a time. Since numerous rules are often passed at the end of a term, the Midnight Rules Relief Act amends the CRA to allow Congress to consider the disapproval of multiple rules with one resolution.
“Just because a Presidential term is coming to a close, doesn’t mean that Congress should waive it’s regulatory oversight responsibilities” said Latta. “Unfortunately, the current Congressional Review Act doesn’t give the legislative branch the tools to disapprove of all the ill-conceived rules we often see implemented at the end of an administration. H.R. 5982 is a commonsense bill that ensures that Congress stays as an effective check on rulemaking in the executive branch.”
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