Washington, D.C – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), tells MHProNews that it has now formally called on Congress to review and reject the panned final regulation adopted by DOE under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
In a January 6, 2017 communication to the Chairmen of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, MHARR – citing extensive independent evidence, urged Congress to exercise its authority under the CRA to prevent any final DOE manufactured housing energy rule from taking effect.
Such a vote by Congress, would under the express terms of CRA, bar the DOE from reissuing the rule “in substantially the same form,” or issuing a new rule “that is substantially the same” as the rejected rule, “unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint congressional resolution disapproving the original rule.”
MHARR says that this prohibition, in light of changes in the composition of Congress and the election of a new president in November 2016, could well end the threat of destructive and debilitating DOE manufactured housing energy regulation for an indefinite period.
The association represents the interests of independent HUD Code producers, among others.
MHARR says that congressional rejection of a final DOE manufactured housing “energy” rule would fulfill President-Elect Trump’s pledge to “eliminate” wasteful and unnecessary federal regulations “which kill jobs and do not improve public safety…” It would also put teeth behind Congress’ November 15, 2016 warning to all federal agencies to refrain from “finalizing pending rules or regulations in the [Obama] Administration’s last days.”
In that warning memorandum, the congressional leadership promised to scrutinize any such midnight rules and if appropriate, overturn them, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.
For the full statement from MHARR, click here.
For the full MHARR Congressional review request, click here. ##
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Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.