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House Passes "Midnight Rules" and "Reins" Bills

Also on Wednesday, Republicans in the House began the work of overturning the Obama administration’s “midnight regulations,” which are the regulations issued late within the last year of a President’s term. The House first passed the “Midnight Rules Relief Act” by a vote of 238-164, which allows Congress to repeal multiple executive-branch regulations at once; the president must also sign any bill which repeals regulations in this way.

Yesterday, the House followed up by again passing the Regulations from the “Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act,” which requires congressional approval for regulations that are expected to have an economic impact of at least $100 million per year.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) plans to introduce a companion bill to the “Midnight Rules Relief Act” in the Senate very soon; however it will face an uphill battle to get the 60 votes necessary to pass. With a 52-48 slim GOP majority, 8 democrats would need to side with the GOP to pass the midnight regulations rule.

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