Bill would stop the creation of costly and partisan rules during final months of presidential administrations

Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman, and sponsor of the bill, Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), issued the following statements upon the House’s passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) by a vote of 238-184.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Costly regulations are a burden on the American economy, and should not be used as a political tool by presidential administrations during their last months in office to push regulations that are often broad, costly, and partisan. This additional tool to combat abusive midnight rules will help end the practice of bureaucrats ramming through hastily-considered new regulations after the American people have chosen a new direction for America.”

“An end to the abuse of Midnight Rules will stop the current and future administrations from issuing new regulations just to further a political agenda, with costly impacts that could outlast the administration itself.”

Subcommittee Chairman Marino: “The quick passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act exemplifies our dedication to provide the American people with real, actionable solutions. Burdensome regulation is one of the greatest hindrances to growing jobs and the economy. Specifically, regulations rushed in at the last minute without proper oversight can cause significant damage to business. As I have said before, Washington cannot continue to fund reckless regulation on the backs of hardworking Americans. I am proud of the swift movement by the House on this legislation and encourage my colleagues in the Senate to act in the same, expeditious manner.”

Subcommittee Chairman Issa: “This is about accountability, transparency and ensuring job creators aren’t being crushed by droves of new regulations just before a President leaves office. Regulations, when necessary, should be implemented with time for a thorough public vetting and input from those impacted. I’m thrilled at the House’s quick passage of my bill and look forward to it becoming law so we can start the process of removing unnecessary regulations and helping Americans get back to work.”

Background: The Midnight Rules Relief Act creates a rapid-response method for Congress to overturn an outgoing presidential administration’s attempts to impose hurried regulations without the transparency and scrutiny expected in normal regulatory implementation. The bill specifically amends the Congressional Review Act(CRA) to allow Congress to overturn multiple midnight rules to more quickly stop midnight rules which are truly problematic—such as those that defy the message sent by the voters or those that have been poorly designed in the haste of the midnight rule period.

The House passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act during the 114th Congress as well.

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