President Trump suffered a humiliating loss last week in his attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but it’s apparently not stopping him from taking further stabs at other policy achievements from the Obama administration. In fact, he wasted no time on Monday, getting to work on rolling back four House Joint Resolutions signed by the former president in four key areas:
H.J. Res. 57: The signing gets rid of the Department of Education regulations relating to the Every Student Succeeds Act, which holds schools responsible for student performance. Democrats believe poorly performing schools will be able to escape scrutiny without the regulations.
H.J. Res. 58: Trump nullifies the DOE rule regarding the programs that train new K-12 teachers. The regulation made states give out yearly ratings for their training programs. The idea was to be sure that new teachers were more prepared to enter the classrooms.
H.J. Res. 44: Trump’s order ends the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Rule, also known as BLM 2.0. President Obama signed this measure in 2016 “to manage and conserve public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.” His point was to address things like wildfires, renewable energy and conservation of wildlife habitat. But Republicans siding with Trump said it took away states ability for input and created more bureaucracy.
H.J. Res. 37: The president’s signing of this nullification does away with a rule issued by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and NASA, which requires businesses seeking federal contracts to disclose information on their compliance with 14 federal labor laws and correct any violations.
Trump was expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday that rolls back the federal government’s role in enforcing climate regulations. The order will begin a review of the Clean Power Plan initiative, and also halt the moratorium on coal mining on US federal lands. At least six Obama administration regulations aimed at curbing climate change are expected to be rolled back.