H.R.4607 - Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012

To ensure economy 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. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To ensure economy 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. as introduced.
  • Short: Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012 as introduced.
  • Short: Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012 as reported to house.

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Official Summary

Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012 - Prohibits a federal agency (excluding the Federal Election Commission [FEC], the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC], and the U.S. Postal Service [USPS]) from proposing or finalizing any midnig

Official Summary

Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012 - Prohibits a federal agency (excluding the Federal Election Commission [FEC], the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC], and the U.S. Postal Service [USPS]) from proposing or finalizing any midnight rule that the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) finds is likely to result in:
(1) an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more;
(2) a major increase in costs or prices; or
(3) significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete internationally. 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. Defines the \"moratorium period\" as the day after the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in every fourth year succeeding a presidential election through January 20 of the following year in which a President is not serving a consecutive term. Exempts from the moratorium period any deadline:
(1) for, relating to, or involving any midnight rule;
(2) that was established before the beginning of the moratorium period; and
(3) that is required to be taken during the moratorium period. Requires the Administrator, not later than 30 days after the beginning of a moratorium period, to identify and publish in the Federal Register a list of deadlines that are exempt. Exempts any midnight rule that:
(1) the President determines is necessary because of an imminent threat to health or safety or other emergency, to enforce criminal laws, to protect U.S. national security, or to implement an international trade agreement; and
(2) the Administrator certifies in writing is limited to repealing an existing rule. Requires agency heads to publish in the Federal Register any midnight rule exempted from the moratorium period.

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Organizations Supporting H.R.4607

  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Americans For Prosperity
  • Associated Builders & Contractors

Organizations Opposing H.R.4607

  • Ability Production
  • AFL-CIO
  • Alliance for Justice
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • ...and 60 more. See all.




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