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Westerman Votes to Scale Back Executive Agency Overreach

February 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) voted Wednesday (February 1) for H.J. Res. 38 and H.R. Res. 41, resolutions that disapprove of the Department of Interior’s Stream Protection Rule and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rule relating to “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers” respectively.

“Overreach by the Obama Administration extended into all areas of American life over the last eight years,” Westerman said. “This week, Congress takes action to reverse the overreach of the last administration, protect the American people, and add desperately-needed jobs. Together with President Trump's directive for executive agencies to remove two regulations for every new on they put in place, Congress and the president are working together to put America back to work through less overreach and more freedom.”

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office has scheduled votes Thursday and Friday for the following House Joint Resolutions, which also disapprove of Obama Administration agency rules:

  • H.J. Res. 37: Providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation;
  • H.J. Res. 40: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007; and
  • H.J. Res. 36: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation."
    • Westerman is a co-sponsor of H.J. Res. 36.