WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 on Thursday. It is a companion to a bill from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that passed the House on Wednesday.
Johnson’s bill makes it easier to roll back regulations issued by the Obama administration during the final months of the administration. The bill would allow a vote under the Congressional Review Act to overturn packages of midnight regulations rather than a vote on each individual regulation.
Johnson had this to say about the bill:
“I’m glad to see the House has passed this important bill, and I hope that my Senate colleagues will do the same in the coming weeks. It is time we begin to roll back the harmful regulations the Obama administration has imposed on the American people. This legislation would make the process much quicker, but I’m committed to working as long as we need to in order to take advantage of the Congressional Review Act. We ought to work 24/7 if necessary to bring regulatory relief to American consumers and businesses.
The Midnight Rules Relief Act bill text can be found here.