House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Republicans in Congress have successfully repealed former President Barack Obama's regulatory onslaught.
In a column posted on the Washington Examiner, Ryan said: "President Barack Obama's last few months in office were pretty hard on America. On a mission to cement his legacy, he set out on a final regulatory onslaught to expand the size of government dramatically.
"His agencies rushed through rule after rule, targeting sectors of the economy that did not sit well with his ideology.
"Republicans campaigned on a promise to deliver relief and scale back the size of government. We pledged that we would repeal regulations to create jobs and get the economy moving again.
Now, we are delivering on that promise."
He noted the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress 60 legislative days to repeal regulations by a majority vote, was used to reverse Obama's regulations. And he said it prevents similar regulations from being issued in the future.
Prior to this year, the act had only been used once before to overturn a regulation.
"But in just four months, Congress overturned not one regulation, not two regulations, but 14 harmful Obama-era regulations — those rushed through in the 11th hour of his presidency," he said.
"These dictates were poorly crafted, complicated and created massive uncertainty. They made it difficult for businesses to grow and threatened tens of thousands of jobs. They unilaterally grabbed power from the states and gave it to bureaucrats in Washington. They were bad for our economy and our culture."
Ryan cited an Obama regulation that was repealed.
"And take the Department of Health and Human Services' Title X rule, which overrides state laws," he said. "Billed as an effort to protect women's health, it was really just an effort to keep Planned Parenthood flush with taxpayer cash.
"Finalized in the last weeks of the Obama administration, the rule banned state governments from moving Title X money away from abortion giants like Planned Parenthood and toward community health centers that help women.
"Using the Congressional Review Act once again, Congress stopped that assault on life. Under no circumstances should taxpayers have to pay for abortions," he continued.
"Passed by the House and Senate and signed into law in February, H.J. Res 43 repeals regulations overriding state laws that prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in their states."
He said repealing the Obama regulations "was the first step in undoing Obama's big government policies" and keeping GOP pledges to the American people.
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