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Republican Senator Urges Obama Administration to Halt Implementation of Key Rules

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Republican Senator Urges Obama Administration to Halt Implementation of Key Rules

December 5, 2016

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) recently sent letters to the Department of Labor (DOL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging these executive agencies to stop enforcing rules that president-elect Donald Trump has said he plans to overturn during his administration. In the letter to the DOL, Johnson singled out the new Overtime Rule, saying, "Given the substantial likelihood that this burdensome regulation will be undone, I urge the Labor Department to cease implementation of the regulation immediately to spare small businesses and industry the unnecessary and avoidable compliance costs that they currently face." In a statement on his website, Sen. Johnson issued a statement applauding the recent decision by a federal district court judge to temporarily block the Overtime rule.

As we move into the next administration, Congress will likely use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back several recent regulations issued by the Obama administration. The CRA provides a "look back" period for regulations that were issued within 60 Congressional session days. This period extends back to May 2016, meaning that any regulations finalized after that period, which includes the Overtime Rule, may be overturned by a simple majority in both houses of Congress and the signature of the president.

Source: The Hil

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