A legislative effort to amend the Congressional Review Act could impact some of the more controversial regulations adopted by OSHA under President Obama, but the effort may stall in the Senate. The Midnight Rules Relief Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 238-184 vote on January 4th, but no action has been taken in the Senate. The legislation would amend the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to pass resolutions rolling back multiple midnight rules issued at the end of a presidential term. The bill, if it moves, would essentially allow Congress to remove regulations en masse rather than one by one after a turnover in power. Analysts believe that some OSHA standards and regs unpopular with the business community (like its electronic record keeping rule and new beryllium limits) could be targeted as a group if the measure passes.
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