Today, U.S. House passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act [H.R. 5982], providing greater congressional oversight of any onerous regulations issued during the final days of a president’s term. Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement:
“This bill will prevent President Obama from forcing through any burdensome and costly last minute regulations before leaving office.”
BACKGROUND – The term “Midnight Rules” refers to regulations that are often pushed through in the final days of a President’s administration. Currently, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to only disapprove new regulations one at a time. The Midnight Rules Relief Act would allow Congress to disapprove multiple midnight rulings in one resolution.