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Sen. Cory Gardner: Obama's Regulations 'Bad Idea'

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By    |   Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 10:48 AM

President Barack Obama installing of new regulations in the closing weeks of his presidency is "a bad idea," Sen. Cory Gardner said Thursday. 

"Over the past eight years, the American people have already seen nearly a trillion dollars of regulation," the Colorado Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "If you look back at the 2000 and 2004 time frames, under the president, we have seen two times more regulatory activity, particularly regulations that cost the economy $100 million or more.

"And with a trillion dollars already on the backs of Americans, that's too much to try to stop. And that is what we're telling the president," Gardner said. He and other Republican lawmakers are releasing a letter to Obama calling on him to halt new regulations.

Show host Steve Doocy asked the senator: "Doesn't President Obama understand, that as soon as Donald Trump comes in, he's going to undo a bunch of that stuff?"

"The president spent a lot of time bragging about what he was going to accomplish with a pen and a phone," Gardner responded. "But those same actions can be undone by the pen and the phone and a Congress that was sent back into the majority in the House and the Senate with a mission to undo the damage to our economy and to the opportunities that this president has created the last eight years.

"So that is what we're going to do — make sure that we can make opportunities, innovation, entrepreneurs happen again, successful again, for this country."

Regarding government regulations, Gardner credited Trump's choice for head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, as someone who would "let the government get out of the way, and let the American people work."

Gardner said that regulations cost an extra $3,000 to each American.

The discussion turned to potential picks as Trump's secretary of State. Gardner said he believed Sen. Bob Corker has a "very good shot" at the job, because "this is a senator who understands the importance of the United States' role around the globe, somebody who has built relationships with important leaders around the globe, somebody who I think is very much in line with the thought process of President-elect Donald Trump."

"I believe it's important that the president have somebody he can trust, somebody who has good relations on Capitol Hill," he added.

Mitt Romney, also being considered for the State job, earned praise from Gardner, who said he would be an "incredible" secretary of State. Either Coker or Romney would gain confirmation from the Senate for the job if Trump nominates them, said Gardner.

Dealing with the U.S.'s rivals is key to the job and "what we have to do is find somebody who is going to stand up to Russia, who will understand the problem and catastrophe we face in North Korea if we don't change our direction away from the president's failed strategy — President Obama's failed strategy — of strategic patience."

Gardner, a first-term senator, was selected to join the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and is tasked with helping Republicans keep their Senate majority in 2018, according to Roll Call.

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