President Trump Kills Onerous Obama Job Killing Coal Debris Regulation
By: Jack Hammer - TapWires News Service
WASHINGTON – At a time when jobs are and odious Obama Regime regulations are choking an already sluggish economy, Congress and President Donald Trump rode to the rescue putting the brakes on an Interior Department rule regulating coal mining debris.
The resolution undoing the US Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining's Stream Protection Rule, a regulation finalized in December to guard waterways from coal mining waste, was authorized by the Congressional Review Act, a law written in 1996 but a law seldom used before the Obama presidency, which allows Congress to end administrative restrictions placed by out of control executive agencies.
Calling the regulation, a "job-killing rule" President Trump signed a measure to overturn it. Lawmakers from coal-mining states stood close by, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
With the crowd gathered at the signing were several coal miners. Energy company executives also attended the White House signing ceremony.
Republicans and a few Democrats argued that the rule could eliminate thousands of coal-related jobs. They said the rule also ignored dozens of existing federal, state and local regulations. Seemingly, its main purpose was to annul state law(s) and federalize the control of yet another source in the energy sector, in this case coal mining, one of Obama’s most hated energy sources which had promise to shut down completely.
The Interior Department said in December when it announced the rule that 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests would be protected. However, the waterways were already protected and this reversal does not affect protections already in place on a federal, state, and local level. What it does do is stops additional regulations being placed on the struggling coal industry, regulations that Republicans say kill jobs, seriously hurt the coal mining industry, by adding layers of regulations and related compliance costs to an already hard-bitten industry.
Trump described the stream protection rule as "another terrible job killing rule."
"This is a major threat to your jobs and we’re going to get rid of this threat," he said. "We’re going to fight for you."
After President Trump's remarks, an aide reminded the jubilant president that there was still the matter at hand and that was the actual signing of the bill.
"Sign the bill here," the aide pointed out, extending his hand toward the document.
The House Joint Resolution 38 was passed in the House by a 228 to 194 vote back on February 1, the following day, the Senate led by Mitch McConnell, voted 54 to 45, sending the resolution to President Trump's desk.
Following the signing of the bill, President Trump took his guests, coal miners and energy executives on a tour of the Oval Office.Coal Miners, Coal Mining Industry, Stream Protection Act, Layers of Bureaucracy, Job Killers