About the bill
President Obama’s administration issued a record number of regulations during the lame duck sessionafter the election. Known as “midnight rules,” these actions drew the ire of Republicans who considered them liberal executive overreach during the end of a presidency whose party had just been voted out of office. A bill passed by the House could make it much easier for Congress to overturn these regulations.
###What the bill does
The Midnight Rules Relief Act, H.R. 21 and S. 34, would allow Congress to overturn any presidential or executive branch regulation finalized within the final 60 days of an administration. In practice, of course, this for the time being means the Obama Administration. Under current law, Congress can only overturn one regulation at a time, but this bill would …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for California's 49th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Jan 5, 2017
Length: 3 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on January 4, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.
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14 Cosponsors (13 Republicans, 1 Democrat)
Ordered Reported — May 17, 2017
What legislators are saying
Nov 17, 2016
Earlier Version — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 5982 (114th).
Jan 3, 2017
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Jan 4, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.
H.R. 21 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 21. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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