Top Congressional lawmakers already had Obama-era regulations in their sights shortly after the election of Donald Trump to the White House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell is urging Trump to see “how many of the regulations he can undo all by himself,” especially regarding rules that have negatively impacted the coal industry. McConnell also wants the new president to undo the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan on “Day One” in office. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan thinks regulatory relief for citizens should come quickly after Trump moves into the Oval Office. Republicans in Congress have certain things on their wish list as well: no federal regulations on fracking, no federal greenhouse gas regulations, as well as expanding development of offshore oil and gas exploration. Senator Rand Paul says one of the first things President Trump will do is get rid of job-killing regulations. Trump campaign advisor Harold Hamm says he expects Trump to begin undoing energy sector regulations imposed by President Obama “on day one” of his administration.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.
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