Congress was working quietly behind scenes as the drama of the Liberals unfolded in order to begin curbing the federal control of agencies who during Obama’s reign managed to seize control over the rights of states and local governments to govern themselves.
For several years it became apparent that agencies like BLM, EPA, and Education had been allowed to write “rules” with Obama’s encouragement. These so-called rules were in fact usurping the right of congress to perform its constitutionally mandated function and allowing the agencies to “make laws” themselves.
Rules in the several agencies were made without review, oversight, or any justification approval process. They did not follow procedures and restrictions in bills passed by congress. Yet they effected large quantities of funds, state laws, and local rights of self-determination. They overrode those rights and strengthened the intrusion of federal government into rights left by the constitution to the states and local areas.
It appears Congress was not in agreement or disagreement with content of the rules but the elimination or restriction of states rights to object and the addition of their state and local input. Congress in these resolutions appears to be objecting to procedures of the arbitrary ruling made by a non-congressional body which was an overstepping of authority. After proper consideration, review, and congressional procedure, they might have in reality accepted the content reasoning and acted upon it but were bypassed by the Potus and the agency in disregard of their authority.
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY
“The Administration strongly supports the actions taken by the House to begin to nullify unnecessary regulations. The regulations that the House is voting to overturn under the Congressional Review Act establish onerous reporting requirements and other constraints on States, local communities, and institutions of higher education.”
H.J. RES. 38 –- Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule (REP. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, AND 51 COSPONSORS) Signed into Law February 16, 2017
H.J. Resolution 38 will eliminate another job-killing rule, saving many thousands of American jobs, especially in the mines. Compliance costs for this rule would be over $50 million a year for the coal industry alone.
The Stream Protection Rule was authorized December 20, 2016 and signed by Lynch in early January. The rule, passed under President Barack Obama, would have prohibited surface mining within 100 feet of streams and tightened requirements for conducting environmental studies and cleaning up mines. … The Stream Protection Rule drew attacks from the mining industry, which said its true aim was to shut down mines.
H.J. RES. 42 – DISAPPROVING THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO DRUG TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS
(REP. BRADY, R-TX, AND 25 COSPONSORS) Signed into Law February 7, 2017
H.J. Res. 42 would nullify the Employment and Training Administration’s Federal-State Unemployment Compensation Program; Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Provision on Establishing Appropriate Occupations for Drug Testing of Unemployment Compensation Applicants 81 Fed. Reg. 50298 (August 1, 2016), promulgated by the Department
of Labor. The rule determines the occupations that regularly conduct drug testing for use by States when determining which unemployment insurance applicants may be tested. The rule imposes an arbitrarily narrow definition of occupations and constrains a State’s ability to conduct a drug testing program in its unemployment insurance system, as authorized in Public Law 112-96, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
H.J. RES. 44 – DISAPPROVING THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR RELATING TO BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS THAT ESTABLISH THE PROCEDURES USED TO PREPARE, REVISE, OR AMEND LAND USE PLANS PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL LAND POLICY AND MANAGEMENT ACT OF 1976
(REP. CHENEY, R-WY, AND 16 COSPONSORS) Signed into Law February 7, 2017
H.J. Res. 44 would nullify the final rule relating to Resource Management Planning, 81 Fed. Reg. 89580 (Dec. 12, 2016), promulgated by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This rule, also known as the BLM planning Rule 2.0, would prioritize regional and national considerations over state and local interests in land use planning for activities on public lands. The BLM manages over 245 million acres of Federal lands, located mostly in the western States, for multiple uses, including grazing, timber, recreation, and energy and mineral development. Given its regional approach to planning, the Administration believes the rule does not adequately serve the State and local communities’ interests and could potentially dilute their input in planning decisions.
H.J. RES. 57 – DISAPPROVING THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELATING TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND STATE PLANS UNDER THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT OF 1965 (REP. ROKITA, R-IN, AND 12 COSPONSORS) Signed into Law February 7, 2017
H.J. Res. 57 would nullify the final rule Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act – Accountability and State Plans, 81 Fed. Reg. 86076 (Nov. 29, 2016), promulgated by the Department of Education. This rule establishes requirements for how States must implement the statutory provisions that require States to have an accountability system based on multiple measures, including school quality or student success, to ensure that States and districts focus on improving outcomes and measuring student progress. While school accountability is important, the Administration is committed to local control of education and this rule places additional burden on States and constrains them in areas where the ESSA intended broad flexibility. The Administration looks forward to working with the Congress on how the Department of Education can support States and school districts as they implement the new reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
H.J. RES. 58 – DISAPPROVING THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELATING TO TEACHER PREPARATION ISSUES (REP. GUTHRIE, R-KY, AND 12 COSPONSORS)
H.J. Res. 58 would nullify the final rule related to the Teacher Preparation Program Accountability System, 81 Fed. Reg. 75494 (Oct. 31, 2016), promulgated by the Department of Education. This rule establishes annual State reporting to measure the performance and quality of teacher preparation programs and tie them to program eligibility for participation in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education grant program. The rule imposes new burdensome and costly data reporting requirements on States and institutions of higher education.
H.R.72 – GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017 – (REP. Carter, R-GA, AND 0 COSPONSORS) Public Law No: 115-3 (01/31/2017)
(Sec. 2) This bill authorizes the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to obtain federal agency records required to discharge the GAO’s duties (including audit, evaluation, and investigative duties), including through bringing civil actions to require an agency to produce a record. No provision of the Social Security Act shall be construed to limit, amend, or supersede the GAO’s authority to: (1) obtain information or inspect records about an agency’s duties, powers, activities, organization, or financial transactions; or (2) obtain other agency records that the GAO requires to discharge its duties.
Agency statements on actions taken or planned in response to GAO recommendations must be submitted to: (1) the congressional committees with jurisdiction over the pertinent agency program or activity, and (2) the GAO.
H.R.255 – Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act – Supporting women in the sciences – Rep Esty D-CT and 44 CoSponsors
H.R.321 – Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act -(Rep Comstock, R-VA, and 68 CoSponsors Supporting Aerospace Young People and Women Programs
H.J.Res.40 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
Rep Sam Johnson R-TX and no CoSponsors
Trump and his group have done more in the last four weeks to stand up for American workers and to begin the reining in of executive agencies than we had actually thought to see. I am not saying some of the information and issues made into rules by these agencies do not have merit, but I am saying that it is not the federal government’s place to mandate against the rights of states to handle business within their borders. Executive departments like the EPA, BLM, and Education have run amok taking upon themselves to make “rules” and “laws” without consideration for costs to states, citizens, or what is already duly authorized laws. Environmentalists and special interest lobbyists found they could circumvent congress by putting pressure on those agencies to force compliance and achieve their goals.
Over the last eight years we have been witness to the bullying and outright determination to move to a socialist form of government by Obama and the Democrats. We have had people stripped of their goods, rights, and constitutionally guaranteed freedoms in order to advance an agenda which has failed in many countries of the world. Congress and specifically the Democrats and RINOs have been allowed to badger and threaten until we finally rebelled.
Finally we are seeing what can be accomplished from someone who is patriotic and capable. Here’s to more of the same. May liberals heads explode while they and the liberal media fall into the last eight years of untreated latrines.