RECENT VOTES

Regulations

On November 17, 2016 the House considered H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2016. This legislation amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA) of 1996, giving the next Congress the authority to overturn all regulations enacted during the last 60 legislative days of the current Congress. This legislation effectively allows the next Congress to invalidate every rule or regulation submitted during the final days of President Obama’s tenure. Under current law, each regulation must be considered separately. H.R. 5982 gives the next Congress the power to overturn many regulations at once. Once a regulation has been nullified, it cannot be reinstated unless there is Congressional action. This would impact a whole host of rules, including ones related to health and safety. I voted NO. H.R. 5982 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

237

0

0

9

DEMOCRAT

3

179

0

6

TOTAL

240

179

0

15

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0