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2 Key GOP Representatives to Depart from Their Districts in 2018

Posted By RJ Alpers, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that Representative Frank LoBiondo(R-NJ-02), a senior Republican from New  Jersey will be retiring from Congress in 2018 and not seeking reelection. This is of political significance to IMA and its membership because Rep. LoBiondo, a moderate Republican, has long been a supporter of the mining and industrial minerals industry. Furthermore, Rep. LoBiondo has strong labor ties and has several members’ mines within his district. With his decision to retire, political experts predict that this will open a battleground for the second district in southern New Jersey that LoBiondo has held since 1994.

In other political news, Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ-02) announced that she will be running for the Arizona Senate seat to be left vacant after Senator Jeff Flake’s retirement next year. Rep. McSally’s second district also contains members’ mines. We encourage all membership to stay up to date on local political developments as they may impact the political environment in your district. IMA will continue to provide updates to any political developments concerning our members.

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House Passes Bills to Expand Congressional Oversight of Regulatory Actions

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, January 6, 2017

This week the U.S. House of Representatives took their the first actions in the 115th Congress to address the regulatory agenda of the past 8 years. The House voted on and passed both the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 21) and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 (REINS Act or H.R.26) almost completely along party lines. When taken together H.R. 21 and H.R. 26 allow Congress greater influence and oversight over both the last regulations to come out of the Obama Administration and future proposed regulations. Over the last 8 years, the Republican Caucus has consistently criticized and challenged the regulatory overreach promulgated under the Obama Administration; passage of H.R. 21 and H.R. 26 were in line with the start of this new congressional session. 

The Midnight Rules Relief Act will amend the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to allow lawmakers to bundle together multiple rules and overturn them en masse with a joint resolution of disapproval, if it passes the Senate. The CRA would apply to regulations put forward for review within the last 60 legislative days of the 114th Congressional Session. Opponents of the bill argue that it will result in the overturning of regulations without considering the merits of individual regulations, while sponsor Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) sees the action as streamlining the process of the CRA.

The REINS Act, true to its name, aims to curb the ability of agencies to promulgate unnecessary or overly burdensome regulations without Congress's sign off. Should the REINS Act pass the Senate and be signed into law, It would require Congressional approval of regulations, with an impact of $100 million or more on the economy, for them to take effect. 

These two bills would provide either more necessary oversight over the regulatory agencies or eat into the autonomy and power of the executive branch, depending on one's view of the jurisdictional limitations of the different branches of government. 

To read the Midnight Rules Relief Act click here.

To read the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 click here. 

Tags:  115th Congress  administration  Congress  GOP  House  legislation  overregulation  regulations  regulators  REINS 

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