Just weeks before Donald Trump is inaugurated, federal agencies are preparing ‘midnight regulations’ to push through at the last minute.
Here’s more from Breitbart:
Republicans in Congress are cautioning federal agencies and the Obama administration against pushing through new rules, often called “midnight regulations,” in the final two months of President Obama’s term.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wrote a letter to federal agency heads earlier this month cautioning against a last minute rush to push through regulations. But the federal agencies are reportedly ignoring the warning — gearing up to push through many final rules and regulations during Obama’s final weeks. President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20.
“Earlier this year, President Obama’s Chief of Staff stated that the Administration will ‘do audacious executive action throughout the course of the rest of the year,’” McCarthy wrote. “As you are aware, such action often involves the exercise of substantial policymaking discretion and could have far-reaching impacts on the American people and economy.”
He warned: “Should you ignore this counsel, please be aware that we will work with our colleagues to ensure that Congress scrutinizes your actions — and, if appropriate, overturns them — pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.”
According to Politico, as of Nov. 15, the White House currently had 98 final regulations pending approval, which could be implemented before Obama leaves office.