Spree of Obama’s actions revived the GOP concern over the ‘midnight’ regs, agenda


A flood of major decisions of the Obama administration it only takes a few weeks before the presidential election, Donald Trump office a new Republican sparked concerns about President Obama’s plans for jamming through a so-called “midnight regulations” and other leftover items from his wish list on his way out the door.

In the last week alone, the Obama administration’s future oil and gas blocks-leases in a swath of the Arctic and the Atlantic ocean; granted a record number of pardons and commutations for a single day; and scrapped an inactive registry for male immigrants from a list of mostly Muslim countries.

Defense officials told Fox News, it is an attempt in progress to the transmission of up to 22 additional prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. And Obama’s Ambassador to condemn in the United Nations, stunned Israel on Friday by the absence of a security Council measure, passed on settlement activity, so that it is.

And Obama still has a month in office. The recent announcements have been made, while the first family was on vacation in Hawaii – although it is unclear what it has to offer, Obama, when he returned to Washington.


Hang on to every last actions, the likelihood is that Trump, once in office, will be a Rollback for many of them. “The things that he has done this week, former speaker of the house of representatives Newt Gingrich turned around,” Obama said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He is in this desperate frenzy.”

But Democrats insist that the Scheid weighs in at the end of the President for further actions, such as the management of its next steps.

Among the possibilities:

  • Sixty-four house Democrats recently asked if Obama used his pardon power to preserve his Deferred action for Childhood arrivals, which spared millions of illegal immigrants came to the U.S. as children from deportation. Headed by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., the lawmakers asked Obama in a letter to “exercise their Constitutional authority to pardon young people, for the Americans in every way but on paper.” The goal is to make it more difficult for Trump to deport the potentially.
  • The White house has already stressed the strong possibility of more grace for non-violent drug offenders, and other met. According to Obama, 78 people pardoned and granted another 153 commutations on Monday, the White house Counsel Neil Eggleston said he expects “more financial aid of the two commutations, and pardons before [Obama] leaves office.”
  • Former President Jimmy Carter has Obama to go even further in the Middle East and to recognise a Palestinian state before leaving office. In a New York Times op-ed, he wrote: “The simple but crucial step of this government before his term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition of the state of Palestine.”

The White house has expressed the desire to take back some of these steps.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said: “it is a process check, the Department of Justice, pardon applications,” and “the President has said he will not do anything to circumvent that process.” For Carter appeal, Schultz said, “I think that [Carter’s] views are today, so that I don’ T have any new positions or views of us.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also said recently that all of the Executive actions the President takes in this stage is likely to have been in the works before the November election.

“What can I exclude any kind of hasty Executive action, not thought previously added to that would be added at the end, wait,” Ernst said.

Regulation ‘Finish Line’

While Obama weighs up his last batch of political decisions, many regulations are already in the pipeline. The final plans are supposed to be so many classified as 98 rules as “economically significant,” that is, each would have cost the economy 100 million dollars by adhering to and consumer.

According to an analysis by the conservative American Action Forum, based on the Federal Register agenda, the administration is eyeing $44.1 billion in “midnight regulations” or rules pushed in the last two months of an outgoing administration.

“That was the most active December for the rules,” Sam Batkins, AAF’s director of regulatory affairs.

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, does not hide the heat of battle, in a staff memo sent after the election. “As I have already wrote mentioned to you before, we walk—through the finish line by President Barack Obama’s presidency,” McCarthy.

By the end of November, the EPA stronger greenhouse-gas-emissions standards, announced a 54.1 miles per gallon fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025 slide. In mid-November, the Ministry of the interior concluded, in General, methane emissions in the oil and natural gas to cut production on Federal lands.

Under rules expected to be in force: the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans make it easier for employers to sponsor high-skilled immigrants in the country; the Department of education is working on a student debt relief to for-profit colleges; and on the financial services side, the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission working on issues such as Executive compensation and Fund management.

According to an administration official, the number of active rules at the end of this government is still 15 percent lower than at the end of the George W. Bush administration. The administration also notes that some of the economically significant regulations of the economy.

Republican Roll-Back

Congressional Republicans are bent on stopping or reversing the flood of new rules.

In Dec. 5-letters, 20 Republican senators asked Obama to “honor the will of the American people and to the work, or the exhibition of a new, non-emergency legislation during the implementation of their remaining time in office.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in Nov. 15 letter to Federal Agency heads, signed by other house Committee Chairman, stated, “we are working with our colleagues to ensure that Congress questioned their actions and, if appropriate, overturned.”

The Congressional Review Act of 1996 allows Congress, with the signature of the President, to withdraw the regulations and prohibit the authorities from imposing rules on the content of the same.

But that would still limited, even if Trump takes office, Batkins said.

“The Congress can make provisions for the resignation, if she gets it back, with the CRA, but the house and the Senate, the economy and infrastructure work in health care,” Batkins said “The Congress has a lot on his plate. Of the 100 or more midnight regulations that could fly, then there is probably no more than a dozen, would you be interested in the repeal.”

Asked at a February press conference about the GOP calls, to finalize the rules in his last weeks in office, Obama defended its rulemaking pace: “The regulations that we have adopted, are the ones that we have worked for a very long time. … These are not things that we already surprising people.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Jennifer Bowman contributed to this report.

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