Colorado lawmakers are on the repeal bandwagon to take advantage of the incoming GOP administration to undo some of the damage inflicted upon the economy and our own wallets during eight years of Democratic rule.
At the top of the list is Obamacare, which U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner says will likely be eliminated by the same congressional technique that prevented a filibuster to stop it the first time — reconciliation.
Republicans will also employ the Congressional Review Act to finally get a vote on regulations Obama passed through executive action, including the Waters of the Untied States rule that gives Washington extreme powers over ditches. EPA rules meant to obliterate the coal industry will also be put to the test along with more than 50 over regs that would inflict economic damage by the hundreds of millions.
Much of what was done by executive action can be undone the same way, Gardner said.
“The pen and the phone is a double-edged sword,” Gardner said during a visit to Grand Junction.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is also pushing measures to overturn some of Dodd-Frank’s banking rules that are putting smaller banks out of business and pursuing his own water rights protection bill.
Tipton says they will finally fill empty seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that President Obama ignored. Probably because he was too busy trying to put the energy business out of business.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Democratic delegation seems to have a lot more time on their hands these days including U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, who won’t be taking a lead role to tilt the Supreme Court to the Democrats’ advantage.
Bennet’s buddy Merrick Garland has seen the writing on the wall, donned his black robes and gone back to hearing cases.
The Trump administration and GOP Congress will indeed be very busy these next few months, just trying to undo the damage of the past Democratic White House rule.