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New GOP Majority to Fight Obama Regulations

By    |   Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 12:41 PM

Republicans plan to use their new congressional majority in January to fight what they view as President Barack Obama's policies of overregulation, The Hill reports.

But without the strength to override a presidential veto, the newly empowered GOP won't be able to do everything it wants.

"So long as we have this president the federal agencies can go around Congress," Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma told The Hill. "But we can make it very, very difficult for them."

Inhofe is set to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He is author of the book "The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future," and is expected to tackle regulations tied to Obama's climate change plan.

Inhofe has said he will use the Congressional Review Act to fight the Environmental Protection Agency's tighter ground-level ozone rules proposed last week. The CRA allows Congress to stop finalized regulations from going into effect.

House Speaker John Boehner called the "massive new regulation" a job killer. Manufacturers say it would cost them $270 billion in just the first year, The Hill reports.

"If implemented, it would also undercut our ability to use America’s energy boom to reset our country’s economic foundation, revitalize manufacturing, and put more Americans back to work," Boehner said.

But the CRA has been used successfully to block a regulation just once, The Hill reports. That was against a Labor Department rule on ergonomics in 2001.

"The challenge for Republicans is President Obama would have to sign a resolution disapproving of the rule his own agency put out. So you can see how that would basically never happen," Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at the National Federation of Independent Businesses, told The Hill.

Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, the consumer advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader, told The Hill that without power to stop a filibuster in the Senate or enough votes to override a presidential veto, Republicans are at a disadvantage.

He also said he doubts Republican fears are founded that Obama will flood the government with new regulations during his last two years. Obama's just-released agenda lists only 23 new regulations as opposed to 21 in the last term, Weissman noted.

The Daily Caller reports
it differently, saying that Obama's new federal Unified Agenda calls for 3,415 regulations, including 189 rules that would cost more than $100 million.

That's likely what has Republicans fired up.

Several anti-regulatory bills that passed the GOP-controlled House died in the Democratic-controlled Senate last term.

One of them is the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require Congress to approve any regulation before it could take effect. Critics say it would effectively stop any new regulation from ever taking effect.

Though unlikely to be signed by Obama, Republicans want to at least show that they took a stand against regulations.

But another method of fighting regulations the GOP opposes would be to simply not fund them. Congress holds the power of the purse and can often withhold funding from programs it doesn't like.

And with committee chairmanships in both houses of Congress, Republicans will have more power to shape regulations by putting political pressure on the Obama administration to change them.

Finally, Republicans and businesses can fight regulations in court. That method has found some success, The Hill notes, citing the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell case that ruled that business owners can't be required to provide certain forms of birth control it deems to be an abortion in its employees' health plans.

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