Overnight Regulation: House votes to block Obama land planning rule

Overnight Regulation: House votes to block Obama land planning rule
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Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from the federal agencies, Capitol Hill, the courts and beyond. It's Tuesday evening here in Washington.

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The House voted Tuesday to strike down three more Obama-era regulations.

President Trump's election has encouraged Republicans to turn to the obscure Congressional Review Act to repeal a handful of former President Obama's regulations.

On Tuesday, the House voted to block an Interior Department land use rule, as well as two regulations from the Education Department that address teacher preparation and state accountability plans.

House lawmakers voted 234-186 to undo the Bureau of Land Management's "Planning 2.0" rule. The rule reforms the agency's land management strategies. But conservatives worried the rule would give the government too much power over landowners. The Hill's Devin Henry has more on that vote here.

The resolutions of disapproval will now be sent to the Senate for final passage.


The Congressional Review Act allows lawmakers to strike down regulations they disapprove of with a simple majority in the House and Senate. This gives Republicans the power to overturn regulations from the Obama administration without support from Democratic lawmakers.

The House repealed five regulations last week under the Congressional Review Act, most of which the Senate has yet to take up. 

Until now, the seldom used Congressional Review Act had only been successfully used once in 2001 to repeal a Clinton-era labor regulation. 

That's because a sitting president has little incentive to overturn a regulation issued by his own administration. In the last Congress, Republicans voted to roll back several regulations, but President Obama vetoed each time.

With Trump in the White House, the GOP now has a short, 60-day window to overturn recently published regulations from Obama.



A House subcommittee that oversees labor will hold a hearing to examine the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The Senate committee that oversees commerce, science and transportation will hold a hearing to review inspector general "recommendations for improving federal agencies."



President Trump's regulatory moratorium is leading to the delay of Obama-era rules for military ships and airplanes in Wednesday's edition of the Federal Register.

Keep an eye on these rules:

--The Pentagon will delay Obama-era environmental rules for Navy ships.

The Department of Defense (DOD) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up on new discharge standards for ships belonging to the military. The Trump administration's moratorium requires agencies to delay published rules that have not yet taken effect for 60 days.

The discharge standards will now go into effect on March 21.

--The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will delay Obama-era rules for pilots

The FCC in December published a rule that would allow pilots to land their planes using "an enhanced flight vision system in lieu of natural vision." The rule also included pilot training and flight experience requirements for the use of flight vision systems.

To comply with Trump's regulatory moratorium, the rules will now be delayed until March 21.

--The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will delay new protections for certain whales.

The NMFS in December proposed to list the Gulf of Mexico Bryde's whale as an endangered species, but will reopen the comment period to give the public more time to consider the changes. The delay does not stem from Trump's regulatory moratorium.

The public now has an additional 15 days to comment.



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Trump administration giving final green light to Dakota Access pipeline

Chamber: GOP has 'once-in-a-generation opportunity' to pass reg reform

House passes bill to block Obama land planning rule

FCC chair defends pulling nine companies from low-income internet plan

Dems come out swinging on net neutrality

Acting SEC chief moves to revisit Dodd-Frank rules

Warren argues financial firms don't want to see 'fiduciary duty' rule delayed

GOP chairman: Trump can 'right the ship' at EPA

GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education

House panel hones in on postal service reform

Report: Trucking lobby resisting mandatory safety devices

Trump: Travel order may reach Supreme Court



7: Final rules

4: Proposed rules

(Wednesday's Federal Register)



"We're almost 81 years old and we've never missed an issue," said Federal Register director Oliver Potts, as he knocked on wood.

Potts became the busiest man in Washington after last year's election as he weathered the storm of "midnight rules" raining down from the Obama administration. Read more about him here.


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