Thune, Rounds Join Colleagues to Request President Obama Stop Issuing New Regulations

Thune, Rounds Join Colleagues to Request President Obama Stop Issuing New Regulations

“It is our job now to determine the right balance between regulation and free market principles and make sure that our federal government no longer stands between Americans and financial success.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) joined 21 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter, led by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), to President Obama requesting the administration stop issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in the final weeks of his term. Thune and Rounds stressed to the president that the American people made it clear on November 8 that they expect regulatory relief.

 “Whether it is the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule unfairly burdening our farmers and ranchers, the anti-coal rules eliminating thousands of jobs and driving up household energy costs, or the Dodd-Frank rules denying our small businesses access to capital, federal agencies continue to produce reams of new regulations that hurt our job creators and cripple our economy,” the senators wrote. “But this flawed approach to governance has been rejected by the people.”

In addition to Thune, Rounds, and Gardner, the letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), John Barrasso, M.D. (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska). 

Full text of the letter can be found below.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500     

Dear Mr. President:

We write to request your Administration cease issuing new, non-emergency rules and regulations given the recent election results of November 8. In a clear and direct repudiation of consistent regulatory overreach by federal agencies, the American people have, for the first time since 2007, handed control of both the executive and legislative branches of government to the same majority. It is our job now to determine the right balance between regulation and free market principles and make sure that our federal government no longer stands between Americans and financial success.

Whether it is the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule unfairly burdening our farmers and ranchers, the anti-coal rules eliminating thousands of jobs and driving up household energy costs, or the Dodd-Frank rules denying our small businesses access to capital, federal agencies continue to produce reams of new regulations that hurt our job creators and cripple our economy. But this flawed approach to governance has been rejected by the people. 

Today, we have the opportunity to return to commonsense principles of regulation and curb unnecessary government interference in the private sector. In doing so, we will grow the economy, create jobs, and, above all, help the people who have been overlooked the past eight years. To this end, we respectfully request you honor the will of the American people and refrain from working on or issuing any new, non-emergency regulations while carrying out your remaining term in office.  

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5 Replies to “Thune, Rounds Join Colleagues to Request President Obama Stop Issuing New Regulations”

  1. Anonymous

    TL;DR: “President Obama, please stop making good regulations so that we don’t look like a bunch of dickheads when we repeal them next year.”

    1. Anonymous

      If the regulations were good and popularly supported, President Obama would not have waited until the lame-duck session to issue them. Besides, the writers of the Constitution clearly intended the members of Congress to write the regulations by law. Presidents should not rule by dictate.

    2. Anonymous

      What color is the sky in the world in which you live? Move to France, please, because I shudder at the thought that I may be breathing the same air as a pinhead such as yourself. I doubt if you have enough brain-power to tell a good regulation from a bad one, and you are simply going by the fact that it is your failed, socialist president who has created this mess.

      P.S., Take Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg with you, and any other leftwing, celebrity nut jobs that will fit on your plain. For that, you will have my thanks; for spouting your support of Obama’s dictatorial regulations, no thanks.

  2. Springer

    Obama just refuses to go quietly into the night with any shred of dignity. His ego refuses to let him see that the people have seen what he has offer and DON’T want it. Advice to the new administration: Just keep a list and issue a blanket repeal of each and every one the first day.

    1. Anonymous

      I can’t wait to see his socialist legacy dismantled, evil brick by evil brick. I just hope he doesn’t let the door hit him on the backside on the way out.

      Oh, and I hope he doesn’t steal a lot of personal property like the Clinton administration did. (After all, Hillary was poor when she left the White House, but she made up for it with the money she and Slick Willy got for speeches to foreign governments)