WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, had this to say after the Senate voted Thursday to begin the process of rolling back the Obama administration’s regulatory overreach through the Congressional Review Act:
“Today’s vote begins the process of repairing some of the damage of the Obama administration’s regulatory overreach. Over the course of the next few months, I look forward to continue using the Congressional Review Act to reduce the cost of federal regulations on Wisconsin families and our economy.”
Republicans plan to continue to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Obama administration’s last-minute regulations. Thursday’s Congressional Review Act vote was to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, a regulation finalized by the Obama administration in December 2016 that would harm the energy industry. If the President signs the resolution, which he has previously indicated he is willing to do, the repeal of the Stream Protection Rule will be only the second successful use of the Congressional Review Act since it was enacted in 1996.