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Obama Issued a Whopping 145 Midnight Regulations Since November. The GOP is Trying to Put a Stop to That Practice


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As his time in office rushes to an end, the “most transparent president in history” just set a new, dubious record. If House Republicans get their way, the record won't last long.

As reported by The Washington Times, President Obama has issued 145 “midnight” regulations since the election, the most by a lame-duck president in a generation — at a cost of more than $21 billion.

The conservative American Action Forum said Thursday that Mr. Obama’s rules, issued from Nov. 8 through Dec. 31, include 31 “economically significant” regulations with a cost of at least $100 million each.

“The administration has published more than 21 million hours of final federal paperwork requirements since November 8,” said Sam Batkins, AAF’s director of regulatory policy.

“At the current pace, the Obama administration is going to be the most active ‘midnight’ (period from Election Day to Inauguration Day) regulator in more than a generation.”

The Republican-controlled House last week passed the Midnight Rule Relief Act, which would allow Congress to overturn “lame-duck” regulations in a single vote.

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As reported by The Hill, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told colleagues prior to the vote that America rejected Obama's policies on Election Day.

“The American people have said no to the continuance of the Obama administration's policies. The bill guarantees that Congress can prevent any and all last-minute defiance of the people’s will by midnight regulations that stubbornly seem to entrench the last pieces of the administration's bipartisan agenda.”

President-elect Trump has pledged to undo many of Obama's executive orders, beginning on Day One.

“I mean [...] the one thing good about executive orders, the new president, if he comes in – boom, first day, first hour, first minute, you can rescind that,” Trump said, during a talk on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

As of this post, the festivities begin in 10 days, 11 hours, 51 minutes and 49 seconds.

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Ken McLeod

President Obama has failed as a President.  This is not just my opinion, it's FACT.  Now he's trying to pass all these lame duck bills to make some sort of hail mary to save his legacy.  

Look, President Obama was a very good sjpeaker and carried himself well as a President.  However, he didn't have the skills to do the job of a President.  Most of his so called legacy will be erased within the first 100 days by Presient Elect Trump. AND RIGHTFULLY SO.  President Obame only did a couple things in the 8 years really worth a damn.  

Here's what they are.  

1. Got Osama Bin Laden  NOTE:  Seal team 6 really got him, but President Obama did give the go ahead.

2. Having the condition of keep a child on a parents insurance until they are 26 years old and not allowing people to be turned down by insurance companies when they have a perivous health condition.  NOTE:  Both those conditions were REP. ideas, not President Obama.

3.  Ill just let you fill in the blank here, becase I don't recall anything else.

Lastly, President Obama LIED 23 times saying you could keep your current helath care plan and doctor with ObamaCare.  He made America more racially devided.  He didnt' support law enforcement, but rather the punk thug criminals just because they were black.  He gave millions to illegal immgrants children to attend college when there are tens of thousands of Americans who can't afford college.  He put illegals before American citizens....Shame on him.  Can't wait for him to be out of office.