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Walberg Bill Blocking Lame Duck Regulations Advances in House

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Washington, March 1, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Walberg’s (MI-07) bill to prevent a surge in burdensome federal regulations during a lame duck session cleared the Oversight and Government Reform Committee today. The Midnight Rule Relief Act, introduced last week along with Senators Joni Ernst and Ron Johnson, would protect hard working families and small businesses from significant regulations being imposed between Election Day and Inauguration Day. Click here to watch his remarks at today’s hearing.
“Cutting corners and rushing through regulations leads to carelessly crafted rules that harm small businesses and their ability to thrive and create good-paying jobs. The Midnight Rule Relief Act will hold outgoing administrations accountable and ensure President Obama, and any future president, cannot slip through more costly red tape during his final days in office,” said Congressman Walberg.
Regardless of political party, midnight regulations have noticeably increased during the transition time between new administrations. According to data from the American Action Forum (AAF) and the Mercatus Center, midnight regulations nearly doubled in 2000 and 2008 from the non-midnight average. 
Placing a moratorium on midnight regulations is a concept that has been raised by both Republicans and Democrats. Senator Harry Reid and Congressman Jerry Nadler, for example, introduced bills in 2008 and 2009 that opposed midnight rules from going into effect in the closing days of the Bush Administration.
Click here to learn more about the Midnight Rule Relief Act.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.
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