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Brat Votes to Rollback Job-Killing Obama Regulation

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Washington, February 1, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (202-225-2815) | comments
WASHINGTON – Rep. Brat (R-Va.) issued the following statement after voting in favor of a resolution of disapproval in the House of Representatives to repeal the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule. H. J. Res 38 uses a tool called the Congressional Review Act to overturn last minute regulations issued from the previous administration under an expedited process. The stream protection rule was issued in the last several weeks of the Obama Administration and if implemented, would rewrite 400 regulations and threaten the jobs of one-third of the nation’s coal mining workforce.

“This critical legislation will protect the jobs of countless blue-collar Americans who help provide coal energy to fuel our economy. Coal mining jobs are the backbone of countless Virginia communities. Adding more job-killing red tape to an already highly regulated industry will hurt countless individuals already struggling to care for their families.

I believe the timing and implementation of the so-called Stream Protection Rule by the previous administration was flawed from the beginning. Not a single state was allowed the opportunity to weigh in on the anticipated impact of the rule. By passing this legislation, Congress is ensuring last-minute regulations by the Obama administration do not usurp the power of Congress to create laws.”

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