House GOP using new tactic to block Obama regulations

posted at 3:05 pm on February 17, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

You may have thought the ship had already sailed on several Obama administration initiatives which were rightly angering conservatives across the country. Two of them in particular – new EPA restrictions on power plant emissions and NLRB rules which fast track union elections – caused considerable ire on the Right. But as it turns out, the ship may be sailing, but it hasn’t entirely disappeared over the horizon yet. House Republicans are moving this week to make use of an infrequently seen procedural maneuver to block both of them.

Republicans in Congress launched bids Thursday to nullify Obama administration rules that would speed up union elections and set the first national air pollution standards for toxic mercury pollution from the nation’s power plants.

The rarely used tactic, known as a resolution of disapproval, requires a simple majority for passage. Both have only a small chance of clearing the Senate, but a vote would force some Democrats to take a public stand on two volatile issues in an election year.

As noted, optimism isn’t terribly high for this to work, as they’d have to get the still Democrat controlled Senate to go along. But this is an election year with a still weak economy, lots of people out of work, and a pack of Senators who have a nervous look about them in terms of keeping their jobs. When faced with the prospect of either bucking the President or casting a vote which will cost jobs (as power plants shut down) and drive up energy costs for already strained taxpayer budgets, who knows what may be possible.

The NLRB item may be a tougher sell, depending which state the Senators hail from. Unions have been losing popularity in some areas – particularly public sector unions – as reports of their abuses of government dollars filter out, but in other places they remain quite strong. Expect votes on this in the coming weeks.


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Beat the donkey over the head with us, let’s stop playing wiffle ball with this joker.

NoDonkey on February 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM

House GOP using new tactic to block Obama regulations

Temper tantrums and breath-holding?

BobMbx on February 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Well OK then. Don’t throw in the towel just yet.

FlaMurph on February 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The Emperor is not forgiving…

Jar-Jar Jugears is going to get that evil look on his face again and Moochelle may throw things.

wildcat72 on February 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

About time.

GarandFan on February 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

House Republicans are moving this week to make use of an infrequently seen procedural maneuver to block both of them.

Even though it’s halftime in America, we shouldn’t be using these procedural gimmicks as a political football to score points.

Football metaphors for me (& Clint), but not for thee.

ted c on February 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

It sure will be nice when a Republican is elected and decrees that everything enacted under the Obama administration is null and void.

darwin on February 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Won’t work unfortunately. The GOP has proven it is the party of no-spine. Give it 2 days and they’ll back down from media coverage. Time for conservatives to exit en masse.

nobar on February 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

It’s halftime in America.

Time to send the foreign draft rookie quarterback back to his family in Kenya along with the rest of the team and build a new one from scratch that respects the rules of the game.

Robert Jensen on February 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Good. Let’s put those lib fools on record favoring job-killing regulations

Ta111 on February 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Ok, it’s worth a try.

tinkerthinker on February 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

As noted, optimism isn’t terribly high for this to work, as they’d have to get the still Democrat controlled Senate to go along.

The problem is not the “Democrat controlled Senate”. The problem is that we can depend on the “Republican Senate leadership” to fold if the matter reaches them. Just as we can depend on the “Republican controlled House” to fold if by some chance the Senate pretends it has a pair. I am tired of being gamed for a loss on every issue by what purports to be my own side.

Subotai Bahadur on February 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

They should do this every week to put pressure on the Dems. Make them own their positions.

Charlemagne on February 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Cut the deficit in half by the end of the President’s first term. On January 20, 2009, the President inherited a $1.3 trillion budget deficit. The President has put forth a budget that will halve this deficit by the end of his first term, bring non-defense discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of GDP since 1962.

please don’t hurt yourself while laughing. thank you….

ted c on February 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The rarely used tactic, known as a resolution of disapproval, requires a simple majority for passage.

I’m sorry, but this sounds like something that doesn’t actually carry any legislative weight. What happens if it passes both houses? The Congress has expressed its Disapproval.
Whoopdeedoo.

Dexter_Alarius on February 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Yeah. Right.

totherightofthem on February 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Our guys look so weak. How did we get here with these gentlemen representing us and swearing to uphold the Constitution of the United States. So pathetically leaderless…

BobScuba on February 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I just voted and I publicly disapprove of Obama and everything he does, too.

LetsBfrank on February 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

House GOP using new tactic to block Obama regulations
Temper tantrums and breath-holding?

BobMbx on February 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

No! They’re stamping their feet…and then they’ll come out holding hands again to tell us…”Well, that’s the best we could do!” (…nothing!)

KOOLAID2 on February 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

It sure will be nice when a Republican is elected and decrees that everything enacted under the Obama administration is null and void.

darwin on February 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM

His name is Newt…

“Newt has pledged to issue a series of Executive Orders to create jobs and help undo the damage of the Obama administration on the first day of his administration.”

Seven Percent Solution on February 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

What!?! These darn Republicans want to let our air and water kill us!!!

In 3…2…1

DumboTheAvenger on February 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

how long till boehner caves, cries, and then gets drunk. and not in that order.

GhoulAid on February 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Good. Let’s put those lib fools on record favoring job-killing regulations

Ta111 on February 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

They should do this every week to put pressure on the Dems. Make them own their positions.

Charlemagne on February 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

EXACTLY. Getting them on the record could really help in individual House and Senate races.

Just Sayin on February 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I’m sorry, but this sounds like something that doesn’t actually carry any legislative weight. What happens if it passes both houses? The Congress has expressed its Disapproval.
Whoopdeedoo.

A quick survey over at wikipedia finds that a joint resolution can:
authorize small appropriations
create temporary commissions or other ad hoc bodies
create temporary exceptions to existing law
declare war
take permanent possession of other territories/nations.

So there is some weight behind it. What would be better was if they made a bill to get rid of his regulations all at once.

nobar on February 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It sure will be nice when a Republican is elected and decrees that everything enacted under the Obama administration is null and void.

darwin on February 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM

He’s an unqualified usurper of the office. Everything enacted under the Obama administration IS null and void. But if not even one Senator and one Representative will support and defend Article II Section 1 of the Constitution, then he’ll get away with it all being “deemed” legitimate.

ITguy on February 17, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Next up: strongly worded letter.

Akzed on February 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Well if this actually will happen, this might work if those spineless worms don’t cave! Why not look up every long lost tactic you can get your hands on to stop bho and the d’s? It sure the heck can’t hurt! Make it happen guys, please.
L

letget on February 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

set the first national air pollution standards for toxic mercury pollution from the nation’s power plants.

The GOP members, both in the House and the Senate, had better make it emphatically clear how and why those standards are unreasonable, or else the demagogues in the Dem party will play the “poisoning our children” game repeatedly. GOP, get out in front of this issue and hammer it home.

onlineanalyst on February 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Worth a try. If nothing else its kinda like poking trolls with a sharp stick. Its fun and it cost nothing.

Bmore on February 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

If nothing else, making the Senate Democrats take a position on these two issues in an election year is smart politics. Make’em vote Yea or Nay.

jb34461 on February 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

And after this failed attempt at killing the Lyin kING with jello a strongly worded letter will follow.

How about some real action like defunding and Impeaching, jelly spines?

ConcealedKerry on February 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Small potatoes compared to what they’ve let the treasonous b*****d get away with.

SouthernGent on February 17, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Next up: strongly worded letter.

Akzed on February 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM

OOPS didn’t read the posts like mind~!

ConcealedKerry on February 17, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Yep, this kind of tough “spitting nails” talk by the Republican Leadership ALWAYS happens right before they cave and give the Democrats everything they wanted, usually in exchange for a promise by the Dems not to hate them so much.

Mahdi on February 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Translation: “We are very unhappy with what you are doing. If you need us, we will be over here sulking.”

gravityman on February 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

meh they’ll gave somehow.
when push comes to shove they s__t themselves.

dmacleo on February 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

*that should say they’ll cave somehow.

dmacleo on February 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Maybe they should call names?

LetsBfrank on February 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I demand royalties!

Politico

‘O’Bama’ campaign touts his Irish heritage

The Obama campaign is offering supporters a chance to buy a special ‘O’Bama’ T-shirt — just in time for St. Patrick’s Day

“St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner. This year, show your support for a presidential candidate with Irish roots: Barack Obama,” the campaign wrote in an email to supporters. “You might recall that back in 2007, as he was on the campaign trail, the President found out about his Irish ancestry. Last year, he traveled with the First Lady to pay a visit to Moneygall, the town of 300 people where his great-great-great-grandfather was born, and jokingly told a crowd there: ‘My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas, and I’ve come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.’”

Del Dolemonte on February 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Your analysis may be true when looking over the fence to the left, but what about to the right. It IS an election year, and the Republicans under Boehner have not held up to their “We get it” line from pre-2010, so who’s to say this isn’t an election gimmick from the GOP?

I’m working even harder to purge politics not only of New Fascist Party members but of RINOs, calling them out at meetings, face-to-face, etc. I want my country back.

madmonkphotog on February 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

House GOP: “We won’t take this lying down!”

CNN/NYT: “Republicans want to punch your Grandmother in the face and steal your condoms.”

House GOP: “Sorry, please forgive us!”

mudskipper on February 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

No worry, the media will spin/cover for the democrats like they always do. GOP reps will issue some boring “statesman” like sissy response about how they had hoped to pass a “bipartisan” measure and leave it at that. Democraps will be the bullies who win, republicans will bend over and take it like they always do.

Never a fight, never anything worth fighting for.

BruthaMan on February 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM

This legislation should have clear, “in your face” titles.

…like

The right to work in EVERY state Act”

…and

“The Electric Rate Reduction Act”

landlines on February 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

This is the government we have until the next election. I think they deserve our support when credit is due. Instead of constantly doubting their will, write them and insist politely they follow through. Hope everyone has a peaceful weekend.

mike_NC9 on February 17, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I’m going to faint, we’re actually going to try to fight back

Not-a-Marxist on February 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Glad to see the Republicans do something. They should hold a “daily outrage” press conference.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Kind of pathetic. They’ve got the power of the purse strings; the should use it.

darkpixel on February 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

The House Republicans need to get more aggressive and declare that these rules are illegal on the grounds that the Constitution does not allow the creation of any federal law without the joint consent of both houses of Congress.

Then take Obama to court.

Rich H on February 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

JAZZ,

Is this procedural move part of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) – AKA Congressional Review Act? It might clarify.

Rich H on February 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM

The House Republicans need to get more aggressive and declare that these rules are illegal on the grounds that the Constitution does not allow the creation of any federal law without the joint consent of both houses of Congress.

Then take Obama to court.

Rich H on February 17, 2012 at 7:28 PM

These were regulations that the EPA and NLRB were empowered to enact pursuant to legislation enacted by Congress and written into law by the President.

Syzygy on February 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

These were regulations that the EPA and NLRB were empowered to enact pursuant to legislation enacted by Congress and written into law by the President.

1. Congress cannot delegate a power to do something for which Congress is not Constitutionally authorized.

2. Congress is not Constitutionally authorized to create any provision of law without joint agreement of both houses.

3. Therefore any delegated entity such as EPA or NLRB which produces any provision of law to which either House of Congress objects is unconstitutional.

I realize that this is not an orthodox approach. But neither is Obama’s approach to making recess appointments etc.

Rich H on February 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM

It’s halftime game over in America.

Time to send the foreign draft rookie quarterback back to his family in Kenya along with the rest of the team and build a new one from scratch that respects the rules of the game.

Robert Jensen on February 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Better….

timberline on February 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Maybe if beohner cried a little………

ultracon on February 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM