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The Latest: GOP lawmakers mark success with rules reversals

Posted May 14

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, confers with Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the committee's confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Republicans anxious to show they've done something point to the reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulation on guns, the internet and the environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

— The Latest on GOP efforts to reverse Obama-era rules (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet the environment and more.

Lawmakers have been using an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes that affect people in a number of other areas. They include those in the coal industry, broadband customers, hunters, and women seeking health care at Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

The 1996 Congressional Review Act gave Republicans the power to reverse end-of-term rules by the president with a simple majority, within a set time.

The deadline for scuttling the rules that President Barack Obama imposed during his final months in office was last Thursday.

Republicans say reversing such regulations will boost the economy and help business.

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Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama's last-minute regulations, one.

Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment.

Over a few months, lawmakers used an obscure legislative rule to ram through changes that will have far-reaching implications for the coal industry, broadband customers, hunters and women seeking health care at Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

The deadline for scuttling the rules that Democrat Obama imposed during his final months in office was last Thursday.

The 1996 Congressional Review Act had given Republicans the power to make the changes with a simple majority, within a specific time frame.

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