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Transparency: GOP Introduces 'Midnight Regulations' Ban in Congress

Brenda339 Wrote: Apr 27, 2012 6:08 AM
It needs to go much farther than that. They need to clamp down on the executive orders that he keeps sneaking through late Friday afternoons. Executive orders should be reserved to emergency situations only, those that could immediately effect national security. They should not be available to him to lauch his pet projects or appoint people, to important post, when there is no urgency. That was the intention behind the three branches of Government, to prevent unilateral action by any one branch.

Back in 2008, Candidate Obama ran for president on a platform of change, including promises of government transparency, the likes of which we'd never seen before. Of course, countless scandals -- from Solyndra to Fast and Furious -- prove that we're still not seeing that transparency. However, several Republican lawmakers are out to force the president to meet his own standards. They're introducing legislation that would bar the president from passing any "midnight resolutions," orders lame duck presidents issue in the last minutes of executive office.

The Midnight Rule Relief Act, H.R. 4607, follows an