Today, the House passed legislation to block President Obama from issuing new rules—also known as midnight regulations—during his final days in office. Speaker Ryan discussed the need for this bill at his weekly press briefing this morning:

“Earlier this week, House Republicans sent a letter to the Obama administration asking that they not advance any new regulations before leaving office. Remember, this is not unusual. The incoming administration made a similar request in 2008. 

“In addition, the House today will pass a measure making it easier to stop midnight regulations. There is a tradition of bipartisan opposition to regulations imposed at the end of an outgoing administration. We have seen just how the impact of just one rule can hurt entire industries and livelihoods.

“So the last thing that we need to see today or in the next weeks is unelected bureaucrats pushing through regulations at the 11th hour. We look forward to tackling regulatory reform in the new unified Republican government.”

A major part of House Republicans' #BetterWay agenda deals with reining in regulations to protect the people at the heart of our economy. Learn more about our plan at