January 4, 2017

House Passes Midnight Regulation Reform Over Democrats’ Objections

On Wednesday, the newly sworn-in Republican House passed the Midnight Rules Relief Act, the first step in the effort to rollback a slew of last-minute, burdensome regulations imposed by a lame duck President. The bill would allow a simple majority of both houses of Congress to overturn any regulation finalized in the last sixty legislative days of the Obama administration, meaning Congress could strike last minute regulations on issues ranging from increasing regulation of overtime pay to environmental regulations targeting the coal industry.

While this measure will help Congress reclaim power from an executive run amok, many Congressional Democrats were not on board, quick to step in to defend the Obama legacy. Here are some of the vulnerable Democrats who voted to maintain Obama’s burdensome regulations:

Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

Ami Bera (CA-07)

Scott Peters (CA-52)

Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)

Brad Schneider (IL-10)

Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Tim Walz (MN-01)

Rick Nolan (MN-08)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)

Ann Kuster (NH-02)

Jacky Rosen (NV-03)

Ruben Kihuen (NV-04)