Bill Would Let Congress Overturn Late White House Regulations

January 4, 2017 Updated: January 4, 2017

House Republicans have passed legislation that would allow Congress to overturn, with a single vote, executive branch regulations finalized near the end of an outgoing president’s term.

The bill was approved Wednesday by a 238-184 vote. It is part of the GOP’s efforts to block or undo scores of regulations and executive orders issued by President Barack Obama.

Republicans say the bill would stem what they call a growing trend by presidents of both parties to impose costly “midnight rules” during their last few months in office.

The bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, says it would strengthen executive-branch oversight and “ensure that unaccountable, last-minute regulations don’t continue crippling our economy, crushing small businesses and raising costs on middle-class families.”

The bill now goes to the Senate.