Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

Cramer Attends White House Signing Ceremony

Mar 27, 2017
Press Release

Listen to Audio Statement on H.J. RES. 44 Here

Listen to Audio Statement on H.J. RES. 57 and 58 Here 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Kevin Cramer visited the White House today to attend the signing of three joint-resolutions of disapproval, which will expedite the reversal of administrative regulations from the Obama Administration.

Cramer is a cosponsor of one of the resolutions signed today by President Trump. H.J. RES. 44 disapproves and nullifies the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0 regulation finalized on Dec. 12, which broadens the areas considered under a resource management plan, potentially stretching across BLM districts and state lines.

“It was an honor to attend the signing ceremony with President Trump today to revoke these senseless rules. The BLM Planning 2.0 rule, which was hurriedly passed in the final days of President Obama’s term, is another classic example of federal overreach. We should be putting more control into the hands of states and local county officials, not less. If allowed to go into effect, this rule would shift decision-making authority away from local BLM officials to Washington – making coordination between community leaders and federal officials near impossible. This is bad for agriculture, it’s certainly bad for the energy industry, and it’s bad for hiking and the multiple recreational uses on federal land. Centralized control does not work. It’s not what our Constitution is based on. It’s not what our culture is based on. And, it’s sure not the culture of North Dakota.” said Cramer.

President Trump also signed two education-related resolutions of disapproval:

H.J. RES. 57 rolls back a regulation by the Department of Education which constrains and hampers states’ flexibility in developing state-based accountability systems that result in annual school evaluations.

H.J. RES. 58 stops a Department of Education regulation establishing burdensome federal mandates for criteria states use to evaluate teacher preparation programs that are tied to financial aid received by students who commit to teaching math, science, foreign language or reading at a high-need school.

“These education regulations do exactly the opposite of what Congress intended when we passed the Every Student Succeeds Act last year. Instead of putting teaching decisions into the hands of parents and teachers, these rules brought the power back to Washington bureaucrats. It’s time to bring some sensibility back to our education system and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Trump Administration to do just that.”

Through the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress may disapprove of administrative rules through joint disapproval resolutions. Under this law, there is a 60-day period in which to pass a resolution of disapproval from when the rule is reported to Congress.  When both the Senate and House pass a disapproval resolution that is signed by the President, the rule either does not go into effect or is considered as not having gone into effect.