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House Acts to Nullify Harmful Federal Regulations


Date: Feb. 10, 2017
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised House action in the 115th Congress to roll-back harmful regulations that stifle American ingenuity and strip local educators of flexibility and authority. Through use of the Congressional Review Act, the House has taken immediate steps to strike harmful, unnecessary Obama-era regulations.

Congressman Brooks said, "While federal regulations are nothing new, under the Obama Administration harmful regulations skyrocketed across all sectors of the American economy. I hear first-hand from Tennessee Valley residents about the staggering cost, time, and personnel required to comply with these burdensome regulations. I was proud to support House passage of legislation in the first weeks of the 115th Congress to overturn egregious regulations that push top-down, one-size-fits-all federal policies on local and state governments."

Brooks continued, "This week, the House passed two resolutions (H.J.Res.57 and H.J.Res.58), with my support, to nullify rules adopted by the U.S. Department of Education in the final days of the Obama Administration. The House resolutions repeal education regulations that would establish onerous federal reporting requirements on local educators and impose federal standards for teachers, bypassing meaningful state standards. By overturning these rules, Washington is providing flexibility and authority to local educators, parents, and teachers to enact education policies most suited to their communities. In my view, the federal government has no business dictating to local and state governments how to operate their K-12 schools."

Brooks concluded, "For too long federal agencies have wielded enormous unilateral power, costing our economy billions, hampering our children's education, and hamstringing states with unfunded mandates and unworkable, inflexible policies. President Trump weighed in, supporting these important resolutions, and Congress has an exciting opportunity to restore the balance of power between our three branches of government."