TRS: It looks like there’s going to be a regulatory showdown in Washington DC and Republicans will have the upper hand based on new understanding of a law passed way back in 1996:Come on! Do it!! Do it NOW!!!
WSJ: Here’s how it works: It turns out that the first line of the CRA requires any federal agency promulgating a rule to submit a “report” on it to the House and Senate. The 60-day clock starts either when the rule is published or when Congress receives the report—whichever comes LATER.Wow! So if the Trump administration starts sending reports on regulations that the Obama administration never sent – all the way back to 2009- then in just two months those rules can be repealed by Congress!
“There was always intended to be consequences if agencies didn’t deliver these reports,” Mr. Gaziano tells me. “And while some Obama agencies may have been better at sending reports, others, through incompetence or spite, likely didn’t.” Bottom line: There are rules for which there are no reports. And if the Trump administration were now to submit those reports—for rules implemented long ago—Congress would be free to vote the regulations down.
That’s pretty amazing and will be epic if they follow through and do that. Congress should have far more control of the regulations being put out by the executive branch, whether Republican or Democratic.
ADDENDUM: More from Trump on Monday, easing regulations for small businesses...
...past time for Congress to step up as well. Send the reports, then vote Obama's old regs down!President Trump signs an executive order cutting regulations for small businesses https://t.co/6OZtrfIwim https://t.co/wLcDeTZJ76— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 30, 2017