Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules

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Republicans are hitting back against a new Education Department rule they see as a power grab by the Obama administration.

The Education Department on Thursday proposed accountability measures for schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act. But Republicans say the rules would shift school oversight from states and local communities to the federal government.


The two most powerful Republicans on education issues are threatening to block the rules using the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to reject regulations they disapprove of.

"I am deeply concerned the department is trying to take us back to the days when Washington dictated national education policy," said House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), who indicated he would hold a hearing on the rule.

"Congress worked on a bipartisan basis to move the country away from the prescriptive federal mandates and requirements of No Child Left Behind. We replaced that failed law with a fundamentally different approach that empowers state and local leaders to determine what's best for their schools and students," Kline added in a statement.

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Authorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate MORE (R-Tenn.) echoed those concerns.

"I will review this proposed regulation to make sure that it reflects the decision of Congress last year to reverse the trend toward a national school board and restore responsibility to states, school districts, and teachers to design their own accountability systems," Alexander said in a statement.

"The law fixing No Child Left Behind was passed with large bipartisan majorities in both the House and the Senate," he added. "I am disappointed that the draft regulation seems to include provisions that the Congress considered -- and expressly rejected. If the final regulation does not implement the law the way Congress wrote it, I will introduce a resolution under the Congressional Review Act to overturn it." http://bit.ly/1TDcpTW



The Obama administration will publish 182 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Friday's edition of the Federal Register.

--The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue new child welfare regulations.

The comprehensive child welfare information system (CCWIS) rule will replace previous regulations with a focus on using automated case management data for children.

The rule goes into effect in 60 days. http://bit.ly/25orPGr

--The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release preliminary calculations for emission limits on modern electricity-generating units in dozens of states.

The proposed emission budgets would apply to "electricity generating units that commenced commercial operation on or after Jan. 1, 2010," the EPA notes.

The public has 30 days to comment. http://bit.ly/1TD2YUt

--The Department of Transportation (DOT) will issue new rules for states developing metropolitan transportation plans.

The rules from the Transportation Department's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) apply to city and statewide transportation plans.

The rules go into effect in 30 days. http://bit.ly/25orDaf



Clinton: 'I won't give up' if Congress refuses to pass immigration plan http://bit.ly/27UnCcg

Paul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate http://bit.ly/20HLF8I

House Republican pushes bill to 'curb regulatory overreach' http://bit.ly/1RuDbeG

Obama shores up food safety with final rule http://bit.ly/1TM0qH5

Trump slams Obama, Clinton on energy http://bit.ly/1XVuaDd

Republicans target Obama education rules http://bit.ly/1TDcpTW

CEO group asks Congress to act on proposed tax rules http://bit.ly/1THD2Jv

Trump demands US get share of profits in exchange for Keystone approval http://bit.ly/1XAxjYE

More questions raised about OPM's response to breaches of background – The Washington Post http://wapo.st/1qMkvRR

Louisiana labels violence against police a hate crime – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1U9BDbD

US Interior secretary troubled by auction of sacred items – The AP http://apne.ws/22qOzjW



100: Days Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE says it will take to layout her comprehensive immigration reform plan if she becomes president. http://bit.ly/27UnCcg



"REALLY!? Sen @RandPaul holding up UC #TSCA passage 'I will continue to object until we've had time to look at the bill," Linda Reinstein, president/CEO and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), tweeted

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulVaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday said he's blocking quick consideration of the Senate's chemical safety overhaul bill because he hasn't had time to read it. The move sparked criticism from stakeholders and some of his GOP colleagues. http://bit.ly/20HLF8I


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