Republicans in Congress have been using a 20-year-old law that grants them and the president authority to overturn hundreds of regulations signed by the Obama administration.
According to CBS News, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows presidents, working with members of Congress, to sign orders that nix federal regulations put into place by a previous administration. Only regulations signed from last June until former President Barack Obama's last day in office are eligible to be overturned, and the Trump administration has just 60 days from when the new Congress took office to take action on them.
More than 450 regulations are eligible to be overturned, and President Donald Trump has signed away seven to date.
"We're seeing [the CRA] used now in particular because I think President Trump has been very clear since the campaign that he would like to see fewer regulations," Susan Dudley of George Washington University told CBS. "I think that has been an invitation to Congress to look at regulations they'd like to disapprove."
Presidents often sign a flurry of orders in their final months in office, and Obama was no exception. His pen was very active in the months and even weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20.
CRAs need only a simple majority to pass in Congress, and from there the president needs to sign off on them. Trump signed four such bills on Monday.
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