LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., joined with a group of Republican colleagues Monday in calling on President Barack Obama to issue no new regulations in the final weeks of his term.
Twenty-three GOP senators, led by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., sent a letter to the president asking that his administration cease issuing non-emergency rules and regulations in light of the Nov. 8 election, which saw Republicans win the White House and majorities in both chambers of Congress.
“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,” the senators said in the letter.
The senators cited as examples of what they consider to be regulatory overreach the Waters of the United States Rule, which seeks to define the bodies of water that full under the oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency; rules aimed at reducing emissions from coal plants; and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which some critics say has unduly restricted financial institutions.
“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,” the senators said in the letter.
House Republicans have been drawing up a list of regulations they will urge Republican President-elect Donald Trump to abolish.
Other senators who signed the letter were Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.V.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; James Inhofe R-Okla.; John Hoeven R-N.D.; John Thune, R-S.D.; Roger Wicker, R-Miss.; Michael Enzi R-Wyo.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; David Perdue, R-Ga.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Bill Cassidy, R-La.; and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.