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    House Passes Koch Brothers-Backed Legislation/ Weakens Gov't Regulatory Agencies

    January 9, 2017

    Donald Trump criticized Republican candidates for being the “puppets” of the Koch Brothers, but now he’s set to do their bidding if the Senate passes the REIN Act, says DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn 

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    Steve Horn is a journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin. His work has been featured in The Guardian, The Nation, and Truthout. He is also a Research Fellow at DeSmogBlog.
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    KIM BROWN: So, Steve, help us unpack this if you could. So, what exactly is the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or the REINS Act?

    STEVE HORN: There are two answers to that question. The first one is: what’s in the bill? Basically what the bill says and does, is it gives Congress 70 days to review any regulation put forward by a federal agency. If they do not move on that within 70 days, say, they just purposely stall, that regulation goes by the wayside. Then there’s, they can’t just do it vaguely, there has to be some sort of measurement.

    in full: http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18077:House-Passes-Koch-Brothers-Backed-Legislation-that-Weakens-Gov%27t-Regulatory-Agencies

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  • exindy (1303 posts)
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    1. I don't see the Trump reference.

    Without following the link, perhaps you might include where Trump has anything to do with this.

    Disclaimer: This post should in no way to be construed to be pro-Trump, nor should it be considered to be a support of his actions.
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      2. He supports the bill.

      STEVE HORN: Yeah. The speech that Paul Ryan gave basically pertained to the fact that, look, they have all three branches of government. They have the Supreme Court, most likely, going forward, because Trump was elected, a majority there. They have Congress in both chambers and they have Trump.

      *So, Trump has come out in support of this bill, actually — that gets to the bigger story.You know, how are David and Charles Koch involved? Interestingly enough, the one time where Trump came out and talked about this particular piece of legislation was in a quote he gave to a guy by the name of Phil Kerpen. Phil Kerpen is a guy who, for several years, worked as the VP of Policy for Americans for Prosperity, which is a front group that was created by Koch Industries back in the late 2000s during the Obamacare debates. And Phil Kerpen, basically, now he doesn’t work for Americans for Prosperity anymore, he works for a group as the President for American Commitment. But, on the record, he did say that he was in support of REIN so it raised the question of, why is he talking to Kerpen?

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        3. Looks like hearsay. It'd be nice to see the actual exchange.

        Looks to me more like distracting from the source and motive behind the legislation by turning it into a Trump discussion.

        Thanks.

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          4. Trump supports the bill:

          *snip:

          House Republicans have not given up on the REINS Act, however. It’s a part of the “A Better Way” agenda, and the leadership promises swift action in the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.  President-elect Donald Trump, for his part, also endorsed the REINS Act as a necessary restraint on executive-branch lawmaking — although that was when such lawmaking was being done by President Obama and his appointees. Said Trump:

          I will sign the REINS Act should it reach my desk as President and more importantly I will work hard to get it passed. The monstrosity that is the Federal Government with its pages and pages of rules and regulations has been a disaster for the American economy and job growth. The REINS Act is one major step toward getting our government under control.

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/01/02/will-a-republican-congress-place-reins-on-a-president-trump/?utm_term=.89a845052897