It took 7 years to write this coal mining rule. Took Congress 25 hours to kill it. Now staffers are steamed. https://t.co/12NJkPJzV3— Alex Guillen (@alexcguillen) February 11, 2017
You're new at this whole Congress-writes-the-law thing, aren't you? https://t.co/vaw17BogLI— DeplorableDonSurber (@donsurber) February 12, 2017
One of the problems with reporters is they think they are a check against the government when indeed they often become mouthpieces for the government -- protecting the bureaucracy from any accountability.
Alex Guillen covers the EPA for Politico -- and he provides the agency's bureaucracy. Teaming up with Marianne Levine, he wrote:
Swift repeal of Obama rules leaves former staffers steaming
'It’s devastating,' says a former Interior Department employee who worked on one of dozens of regulations in Congress' crosshairs.The "staffers" they based the story on were Democrats Alexandra Teitz and Joe Pizarchik, political appointees whose jobs ended on January 20. While definitely they had policy writing jobs, they did not have the authority to pass laws.
But Democratic Congresses began allowing political appointees to write the law under "promulgation" of real laws passed by duly elected members of Congress.
Reporters like Guillen and Levine were shocked to learn that Congress can revoke the thousands of regulations the bureaucracy churns out every year.
The two reporters wrote:
The arrival of a Republican president opened the door for GOP lawmakers to employ a rarely used legislative tool, the Congressional Review Act of 1996, to nullify executive branch regulations issued since mid-June. The act allows lawmakers to sandblast recently enacted rules with a simple majority vote — as they did last week to the stream regulation, which the Interior Department had completed in December.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign off on that repeal, along with others moving through the Capitol.
Congress has successfully used the 1996 law only once before, but Republicans are wielding it now to slash away potentially dozens of late-term Obama rules. That has left officials who spent years working on those rules feeling rubbed raw.Actually, Congress has tried to use this Actual Law (as opposed to the regulation the bureaucracy wrote). President Obama kept vetoing such action. Trump won't.
From the story:
“It’s important that Congress have a say in the rules that are applied in this country,” said James Gattuso of the Heritage Foundation. “The CRA just makes it easier for Congress and the president to make sure the rules and actions of the agencies reflect their priority.”
The House took up a repeal resolution for Pizarchik’s stream rule shortly before 2 p.m. Feb. 1. The Senate wrapped up its vote — all Republicans but one were joined by four Democrats — shortly after 3 p.m. Feb. 2.
That’s about as fast as a measure can clear Congress, and the swiftness has former Obama officials wondering if lawmakers even understood the regulations they voted to kill.Yep, Congress can work as fast as it wants.
It took the Obama administration seven years to write it? Too bad. West Virginians voted in November to stop these burdensome and unnecessary regulations aimed at killing the coal industry -- in the name of protecting the state.
There is a new sheriff in town.
We are going back to following the Constitution.
One more thing, journalists ignorantly denounced Trump as writing law through executive orders. He hasn't. He is setting policy on how his administration will follow the law.
Nevertheless, here are reporters demanding that the bureaucracy continue to write the law through regulations.
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