BigNews.Biz - Mar 12,2017 - Isakson Applauds Senate Passage of Resolution Overturning “Blacklisting” Regulation
Co-sponsors measure to remove duplicative, unnecessary requirements for businesses bidding on federal contracts
MARIETTA, Ga. – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., applauded action by the Senate to repeal an onerous Obama administration regulation known as the “blacklisting” rule.
The Senate voted to approve a resolution of disapproval co-sponsored by Isakson that uses the Congressional Review Act to overturn burdensome regulations put in place by the Obama administration. The measure would remove the duplicative and unnecessary requirements of the “blacklisting” rule for businesses bidding on federal government contracts.
“The so-called blacklisting rule is yet another Obama-era regulation that exceeds the authority of government, is duplicative and violates due process rights for businesses,” said Isakson, chairman of the Senate labor subcommittee. “We agree that workers deserve protections, but there is already a system in place under current law to exclude companies that violate labor laws from receiving federal contracts. This rule does nothing to improve safety and only increases compliance costs on businesses.”
Isakson did not vote today on the resolution because he is recovering at home in Georgia from a Feb. 20 back surgery.
In 2014, former President Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to change their procurement regulations. The resulting “blacklisting” rule requires employers bidding on federal contracts to disclose violations and alleged violations of 14 different federal labor laws and similar state labor laws. Employers would also be required to determine a subcontractor’s or supplier’s compliance with complex labor laws.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the rule on Oct. 24, 2016, a day before it was scheduled to take effect.
H.J.Res.37 previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 30, 2017. Under the Congressional Review Act, a vote by the Senate and House to pass a joint resolution of disapproval effectively stops, with the full force of law, a federal agency from implementing a rule or regulation or issuing a substantially similar regulation without congressional authorization. A resolution of disapproval only needs a simple majority to pass and cannot be filibustered or amended