Constitutional Rights over Regulations


In: The Lonestar Weekly   Posted 02/17/2017
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Since the start of the new Congress, the Senate has been rolling back some of the more than 22,000 rules and regulations issued during the Obama Administration.  Many of these onerous regulations have strangled local economies, increased the bureaucratic grip on our natural resources, and empowered Washington bureaucrats at the expense of Texans and folks across the country.
 
Most recently, a bipartisan coalition of Senators blocked a Social Security Administration rule that threatened to take away some law-abiding Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights without due process. Texans with disabilities should not be blocked from exercising their constitutional rights as punishment for seeking help with managing their finances, which is what this would have done. Numerous disability-rights groups opposed the regulation as unfairly stigmatizing the disabled, and they supported our effort to stop this overly broad rule.
 
Additionally, Congress overturned a job-killing regulation that would have stifled energy production and caused major damage to rural communities across the country. The Obama Administration’s Stream Buffer rule would have threatened coal jobs and infringed on the ability of states to regulate energy providers in a way that’s best for their citizens. Ending this rule was a bipartisan effort in both the House and the Senate.
 
Texans need Washington to get off their backs so our state can do what it does best: create jobs and grow our economy. Working with the President, the Republican majority is committed to continuing to roll back the previous Administration’s harmful, job-killing regulations.