Thursday, July 5, 2018

Let’s Make Congress the (Only) Legislative Branch Again

Lost in the 4th of July holiday festivities was this announcement, released July 3rd:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that, consistent with his November 2017 memorandum prohibiting the Department from making rules without following the procedures required by Congress, he is rescinding 24 guidance documents that were unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper.

The American people deserve to have their voices heard and a government that is accountable to them. When issuing regulations, federal agencies must abide by constitutional principles and follow the rules set forth by Congress and the President. In previous administrations, however, agencies often tried to impose new rules on the American people without any public notice or comment period, simply by sending a letter or posting a guidance document on a website. That’s wrong, and it’s not good government.

“In the Trump administration, we are restoring the rule of law. That’s why in November I banned this practice at the Department and we began rescinding guidance documents that were issued improperly or that were simply inconsistent with current law.

“Today we are rescinding 24 more and continuing to put an end to unnecessary or improper rulemaking.” – US DOJ

Mar13-Edwards-RulesProgressives swear that PDJT’s plans to streamline the regulatory bureaucracy is just partisan anti-Obama policy.

Seven of the 24 Obama-era rescinded “guidance documents” were focused on affirmative action. The guidance encouraged universities to consider race as a factor in promoting diversity in their student admissions. Gee, I’m so old that I remember the first time that sort of discrimination was considered illegal, because it was racist. But that was before regulatory agencies had a chance to interpreted it in their image and likeness.

Don’t expect progressives to take this action sitting down, there will be resistance. Because everyone knows Trump’s a racist.

sowell on preerential treatment Message to Congress: stop out-sourcing your responsibilities to unelected, unaccountable bureaucracies.

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