(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) House Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation this week to counter President Obama’s efforts to circumvent Congress by having federal agencies push the envelope in federal rulemaking.
Under Obama, the agencies have adopted various new interpretations of their rulemaking authority that effectively allow the president to legislate without lawmakers. The Republicans' legislation seeks to roll back the agencies' interpretations of the processes that have allowed them to act independently of Congress, which GOP lawmakers say has gotten out of hand.
"[The president's] promise to use his ‘pen and phone’ and unilateral executive action on so many major issues can only encourage that attitude throughout his administration," Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, chairman of the Small Business Committee, told the Washington Examiner.
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