Tipton Supports House Action to Undo Harmful, Unnecessary Federal Regulations
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported five measures this week that will undo some of the harmful, unnecessary and redundant federal regulations issued by the Obama Administration during its final months.
At a press conference earlier this week, Tipton spoke about the reason for the measures. He said, “I am a firm believer that when done right, regulations play an important role in keeping our communities safe and secure, but what we saw out of the Obama Administration during its final months went far beyond safety and security.”
- The House used the Congressional Review Act to pass resolutions of disapproval that, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, will void five final regulations:
- The Security and Exchange Commission’s rule relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers” (H.J.Res. 41)
- The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule relating to “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation” (H.J.Res. 36)
- The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) regulation known as the “Stream Protection Rule” (H.J.Res. 38)
- A final rule submitted by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration related to federal acquisitions (H.J. Res. 37)
- The Social Security Administration’s rule relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (H.J.Res. 40)
“All of the resolutions the House passed this week will provide Americans in diverse communities around the country relief from federal overreach. The rules out of the BLM and DOI in particular would have had very harmful impacts in the Third Congressional District,” Tipton added. “It was imperative that we take action to void these rules. They are perfect examples of federal agencies acting outside of their authority to implement one-size-fits-all duplicative and unnecessary mandates on our communities in Colorado.”
The BLM’s rule relating to “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation,” also known as the methane venting and flaring rule, was met with strong opposition from several members of Congress from Western states.
The authority to regulate air quality under the Clean Air Act rests with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cooperating state agencies. In May of 2016, the EPA finalized a regulation on methane emissions. The BLM is granted no regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act, which was the basis for the Bureau’s methane rule.
“Methane emissions are already regulated by both the EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, so what we saw out of the BLM was simply redundant and unnecessary,” Tipton said. “Regulations that add an additional and redundant layer of red tape on top of an already overly complex regulatory system are precisely the ones we need to prevent.”
H.J.Res. 38 voids the DOI’s stream buffer rule, which revised over 400 regulations that were already placed on coal mines across the country.
“The DOI conducted its own investigative report, which showed that nearly all coal mines around the country have no off-site impacts, and yet, the department finalized 1,640-pages of mandates that would apply to every coal mine in the country,” Tipton said. “This rule would have little environmental benefit and would only serve to regulate away good-paying jobs and our most reliable energy source in use today.”
All five resolutions of disapproval must be approved by the Senate and signed by the president to have the force of law.