I love reading Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Daily Floor Wrap-Up” emails. It’s really one of the best events of my day–if you haven’t signed up, do it. Here’s why. I get to see my favorite political play, day after day. I call it the Democrat Sack.
Just yesterday, I saw H. Res. 70 get stuffed down their throats for a safety, 236-0 GOP, 0-186 Dems. That’s a little bill that uses Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back one of the more petulant and damaging last-minute regulations thrown down by Captain Planet and His Planeteers before they turned out the lights. It’s called the Stream Protection Rule.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia on Monday introduced a resolution to reverse the Stream Protection Rule.
“Put into place by the Obama Administration at the 11th hour, the ‘stream buffer’ rule is a harmful regulation that unfairly targets coal jobs,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement. “It is just one example of the former administration’s policies that have jeopardized jobs and taken power away from state and local governments in order to grow the federal bureaucracy. Further, this regulation, like many others of the Obama era does not take into account the negative consequences these policies would have on hardworking Americans and the families they support.”
It’s not just that Congress is helping to unravel the rat’s nest of regulations issued “at the 11th hour” by Obama. It’s also that there’s nothing Democrats can do to stop this. President Trump muzzled and chained the EPA. He has new leadership coming at Interior, A great swath of the liberal machine at the State Department has been removed or resigned.
And the CRA potentially gives Congress a method to systematically undo potentially years of regulations where Obama grew the administrative state.
But my favorite thing is to see Democrats powerless to stop this. Even in the Senate, they can only delay votes and cause minor inconveniences. When the Democrats held Congress and the White House, they wasted two years ramming Obamacare down our throats.
Now not only do we get to see that completely dismantled, but we also get to see executive nominations, a SCOTUS Justice (hopefully), and many of Obama’s onerous environmental shake-down rules taken out behind the barn and shot. The Democrat Sack is a daily joy to behold.