Senate GOP seeks to rein in Obama on regs

Senate Republicans are rolling out a new way to clarify what regulation authority a law gives to federal agencies, suggesting it could help curb incorrect interpretations by the Obama administration. 

Republican Sens. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziBeware of the 'unknown knowns' of budget reform The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Biden go toe-to-toe in Iowa MORE (Wyo.), Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoCongress can defend against Russia by outlawing anonymous shell companies On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump MORE (Idaho), Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race New Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law Schultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid MORE (N.H.) and Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesTrump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag House panel advances bill to create cybersecurity standards for government IT devices MORE (Mont.) have introduced legislation that would allow lawmakers to pass concurrent resolutions to explain the meaning of a law and what authority it gives to federal agencies. 

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According to the bill, federal agencies wouldn't be able to issue a rule or regulation that contradicts with the guidance from lawmakers and would need to change any current conflicting regulations. 
 
Congress can currently pass legislation on regulations or rules it disagrees with, but any attempt to curb the administration faces a veto threat from President Obama. Concurrent resolutions, however, would allow them to bypass Obama because they don't have to be signed by the president. 
 
Speaking from the Senate floor Thursday, Enzi suggested that lawmakers and Americans must understand "the true cost" of regulations being issued by the Obama administration. 
 
"Shining a light on these regulations and the burden they impose on each and every American is the only way to hold government accountable and to begin the process of reining in out-of-control agencies so we can halt the flood of regulations choking our economy," he added. 
 
The legislation is the latest sign of concern from Senate Republicans on overregulation by the Obama administration. Separately on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said senators will try to challenge a new climate rule from the administration. 
 
Enzi's office noted that while the concurrent resolutions would help counter "out-of-control executive agencies" that have "incorrectly" interpreted laws, they wouldn't be able to roll back regulation authority that is "explicitly granted" or establish new authority that wasn't included in the original law.