You’ve heard us talk a lot about the Congressional Review Act (CRA) over the past couple of months. Let’s, well, review, why it’s so important.
Significance: There are huge Obama-era regulations that are choking the economy and costing jobs and taxpayer money. Using the CRA to repeal regulations that were rushed through at the last minute of the administration is the quickest, most sure-fire way to undo President Obama’s liberal, jobs-crushing legacy.
History: Enacted in 1996, the CRA gives Congress a path to repealing harmful, costly regulations. Here’s how it works: Congress has 60 days from when the administration finalizes a rule to review it and vote on the rule. If Congress disapproves of the rule, it goes to the Senate, where it is exempt from the filibuster. It only requires 51 votes to get to the president’s desk. In the last Congress, we passed CRAs to hold President Obama accountable, forcing a veto that showed the American people where he stands.
Today: The good news is that now, with a new Republican president who understands how harmful these regulations are, these regulation repeal bills will become law. We’ve made CRAs the first priority of the 115th Congress. Why? 1) We are determined to give Americans immediate relief from President Obama’s harmful regulations, 2) Economic growth is at stake, and most importantly, 3) Because CRAs have a 60 legislative day time clock, the window to act on these midnight regulations is now.
Signed into law: 13
H.J. Res 38: Stream Protection Rule: Repeals Department of Interior rule that could eliminate one-third of American coal mining jobs.
H.J. Res 41: Resource Extraction: Repeals Securities and Exchange Commission rule that hurts American oil and gas companies on the world stage.
H.J. Res 40: Background Check Database: Repeals Social Security Administration rule that bars Americans from their Second Amendment rights under the Constitution without due process.
H.J. Res 44: Resource Management Planning 2.0: Repeals Bureau of Land Management’s rule that significantly shifts resource management decisions from states to federal government.
H.J. Res 37: Blacklisting Regulation: Repeals rule that empowers federal government bureaucrats to deny government contracts based on alleged violations without due process.
H.J. Res 57: Every Student Succeeds Act—Accountability, state plans, and reporting: Repeals Department of Education rule that dictates stringent federal accountability requirements and violates the law’s prohibitions on the Education secretary’s authority.
H.J. Res 58: Higher Education Act – Teacher Preparation Issues: Repeals Department of Education regulation that unilaterally increases federal control in education.
H.J. Res 69: Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife: Repeals Fish and Wildlife Service rule that preempts state rules on hunting season for certain predator species on National Wildlife Refuges, which will limit the hunting season in Alaska and beyond.
H.J. Res 83: OSHA Rule: Repeals Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that unilaterally extends the statutory limit on companies to five years. This was a power grab by the Obama administration that essentially overturned a federal court's decision.
S.J. Res 34: Federal Communications Comission Internet Regulation: Repeals FCC rule that creates regulatory uncertainty, reduces competition, and encroaches upon the Federal Trade Commission's authority.
H.J. Res 42: Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing: Repeals Department of Labor rule that severely limits the ability of states to implement drug testing.
H.J. Res 43: Title X Planned Parenthood: Repeals Health and Human Services regulation overriding state laws that prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in their states.
Pending Presidential signature: 1
H.J. Res 66: Department of Labor Savings – Part 1: Repeals Department of Labor rule that would effectively force employees into state government retirement accounts with fewer protections and less control over their savings.
House passed: 1
H.J. Res 36: Methane Rule: Repeals Bureau of Land Management’s rule that regulates emissions on federal lands, effectively driving energy production from federal lands.
We will continually update our CRA progress report, so you can see when these important regulation repeals become law.