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Report: House Passes Bill to Nullify ‘Midnight’ Agency Regulations

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that seeks to overturn agency regulations that were finalized in the last 60 legislative days of a president’s term, Government Executive reported Wednesday.

Charles Clark writes the Midnight Rules Relief Act received a 238-184 vote and will amend the 1996 Congressional Review Act to authorize Congress to nullify up to 61 “midnight” regulations in a single vote.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) said Congress could invalidate about half a dozen regulations, Clark reported.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) said during the floor debate that the Obama administration issued 226 midnight rules and 20 of them cost more than $100 million in economic impact, according to the report.

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