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Title: Trump Signs Repeal Of Obama Coal Mining Regulations
Source: DailyCaller
URL Source: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/16/t ... obama-coal-mining-regulations/
Published: Feb 16, 2017
Author: Michael Bastasch
Post Date: 2017-02-16 17:24:06 by Tooconservative
Keywords: None
Views: 467
Comments: 5

President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday repealing an Obama administration rule targeting coal mining.

“We’re bringing it back, and we’re bringing it back fast,” Trump said before signing the bill. Trump then gave the pen with which he signed the legislation to coal miners who attended the ceremony.

Both chambers of Congress passed resolutions under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) earlier this year to eliminate the Department of the Interior’s so-called “Stream Protection Rule” on coal mine discharge into nearby streams.

Trump was expected to sign the CRA into law. The president said in a previous statement the $1.2 billion stream rule “duplicates existing protections in the Clean Water Act and is unnecessary given the other Federal and State regulations already in place.”

Trump said he’s “committed to reviving America’s coal mining communities, which have been hurting for too long” — a major campaign promise he made was to rollback federal regulations on coal use.

Lawmakers have introduced at least 37 CRA resolutions to repeal Obama-era rules. As many as 150 regulations are eligible for repeal under the CRA, according to experts.

The Obama administration finalized the stream rule in December 2016. Democrats and environmentalists support the rule because it restricts the amount of mining that can happen in Appalachia.

Republicans argued the stream rule is duplicative and would force more coal mines to close, forcing more miners out of work. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota supported the rule’s repeal.

“Because of the war on coal waged by the Obama administration, over 240 coal fired plants have closed and 83,000 people have lost their jobs,” West Virginia Rep. David McKinley said in a statement. “Fortunately, we finally have a partner in the White House who understands just how damaging these rules can be.”

The Obama administration spent seven years crafting the rule. It was meant to replace the Bush administration’s Stream Buffer Zone rule.

Trump’s repealing of the stream rule marks his second CRA signing. The president signed a CRA to repeal a rule requiring oil and gas companies to disclose payments to foreign governments. That rule was part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.

Congress is currently in the process of approving a CRA to repeal Obama-era rules on venting and flaring methane from oil and natural gas wells on federal lands.

The House approved the CRA earlier this month, and it’s currently being considered by the Senate. Some Republicans are mulling whether to support the CRA, but it’s expected to pass.

Republicans argue it’s another duplicative, unnecessary rule form the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Democrats and environmentalists say it’s needed to tackle global warming and increase revenues from drilling on federal lands.

“The contortions BLM went through to say they had the legal authority is almost embarrassing,” Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop said in a statement on the CRA’s passing.

“This is an illegal rule and it’s a costly one,” Bishop said. “This rule’s repeal is a vote for people and making sure their lives are better, not worse.”


Poster Comment:

The rarely-used Congressional Review Act of 1996, normally used for bipartisanish repeals of a single regulation, can now be used wholesale with simple majority votes in both chambers of Congress. This was the most recent attempt to use the CRA:
S.J.Res. 22, 114th Congress (2015), providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (passed Senate 53-44 on November 4, 2015; passed House 253-166 on January 13, 2016; vetoed by President Obama on January 20, 2016; motion to proceed on veto override not agreed to in the Senate 52-40 on January 21, 2016.)
Apparently, there are about 150 such regulations, some enacted by "executive actions" by Obama, that are eligible for repeal by the CRA, nearly all of which never had a required report submitted to Congress. And that makes all of them eligible for repeal by simple majority votes now, as long as Trump doesn't want to veto them. It seems the Trump WH is actively targeting around 37 of them. The two mentioned in this article are the first two they are taking action on. I bet Obama is wishing he could take his pen and phone with him when he left. Now Trump has the pen and the phone. And much of the Obama legacy just goes poof.

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#1. To: Tooconservative (#0)


Making America's water unfit to drink again...

Willie Green  posted on  2017-02-16   18:06:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#1)


The D&R terrorists hate us because we're free, to vote second party

"We (government) need to do a lot less, a lot sooner" ~Ron Paul

hondo68  posted on  2017-02-16   18:43:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Willie Green (#1) (Edited)

Making America's water unfit to drink again...

Even so, Trump is locking the GOP vote in Ohio and Pennsylvania and West Virginia and other coal states. Just as he locked in some votes with his pipeline approval orders.

My interest in this article was in this sudden frenzied use of the CRA to repeal 0bama's legacy, root and branch.

More CRA action today:

HotAir: Congress approves CRA repeal of Obama gun regulation — with ACLU’s blessing

0bama really should have taken the phone and the pen with him.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-02-16   18:57:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Tooconservative (#3)

WH press conference, starts at 56:45.

Coal miners, Trump, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell and more.

This is obviously a good thing for America. Yay Trump!


The D&R terrorists hate us because we're free, to vote second party

"We (government) need to do a lot less, a lot sooner" ~Ron Paul

hondo68  posted on  2017-02-16   21:11:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: hondo68 (#4)

They had some fun. Trump enjoyed ripping up the Dishonest Hateful Angry Venomous Press at his surprise mega press conference, then came straight to this event and relished this signing since he was cuckolding Obama's puny pen yet again. He really likes knocking bits of 0bama's house of cards down, bit by bit.

He likes being able to deliver on a promise to the miners. And getting people to thank him to his face on TV.

It's Trumporama in Technicolor, for the next 4 years. God help us.     : )

I do note that Trump actually seems to enjoy connecting with actual working people like these miners, like the union bosses and some others he had in earlier. He seems more at ease with the proles than with the pols.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-02-16   23:41:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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