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Titles (3)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Reported to House

Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2016

Short Titles as Introduced

Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2016

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To ensure economic stability, accountability, and efficiency of Federal Government operations by establishing a moratorium on midnight rules during a President's final days in office, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date
06/10/2016Committee on the Judiciary discharged.
06/10/2016Reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-618, Part I.
02/25/2016Introduced in House

All Actions (10)

Date
06/10/2016Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 480.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/10/2016Committee on the Judiciary discharged.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/10/2016Reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-618, Part I.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
04/01/2016Referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/01/2016Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 20 - 17.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
03/01/2016Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
02/25/2016Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
02/25/2016Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
02/25/2016Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
02/25/2016Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Oversight and Government Reform02/25/2016 Referred to
03/01/2016 Markup by
06/10/2016 Reported by H. Rept. 114-618
House Judiciary02/25/2016 Referred to
06/10/2016 Discharged from
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law04/01/2016 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Reported to House without amendment, Part I (06/10/2016)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2016

(Sec. 2) This bill prohibits a federal agency (excluding the Federal Election Commission, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or the U.S. Postal Service) from proposing or finalizing any midnight rule unless the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget finds that it will not result in: (1) an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; (2) a major increase in costs or prices; (3) significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete internationally; or (4) a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses.

The bill defines "midnight rule" as an agency statement of general applicability and future effect that is issued during the moratorium period, that is intended to have the force and effect of law, and that is designed to: (1) implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy; or (2) describe the procedure or practice requirements of an agency. The "moratorium period" begins on the day after the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in every fourth year succeeding a presidential election and extends through January 20 of the following year in which a President is not serving a consecutive term.

(Sec. 3) Such prohibition shall not apply to any deadline for, relating to, or involving any midnight rule that: (1) was established before the beginning of the moratorium period, and (2) is required to occur during the moratorium period.

(Sec. 4) The bill exempts any midnight rule that the President determines is necessary: (1) because of an imminent threat to health or safety or other emergency, (2) to enforce criminal laws, (3) to protect U.S. national security, or (4) to implement an international trade agreement. The moratorium does not apply to a midnight rule if the OIRA finds that such rule is limited to repealing an existing rule and certifies such finding in writing.