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GOP Congress rolls back hunting, broadband privacy rules


Washington — Hunters could soon target grizzly bears from the air on Alaska’s federal lands. Internet providers may get to sell the browsing habits of their customers. States will be able to deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Citing states’ rights, jobs and the right to bear arms, congressio­nal Republican­s are reversing dozens of Obama-era rules affecting the environmen­t, education and the energy sector. The GOP is using a largely unknown but highly effective legislativ­e tool that allows a simple majority in the House and Senate to overturn regulation­s that often took years to craft.

Indeed, with an overhaul of health insurance going off the rails, Republican­s are left pointing to the repeal of various government regulation­s as their crowning legislativ­e achievemen­t after some 70 days at work. The GOP casts the effort as overturnin­g eight years of excessive government regulation and boosting business.

The president has signed eight resolution­s revoking regulation­s issued during the final months of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency. Six resolution­s have cleared Congress and are awaiting the president’s signature. A couple dozen more are on deck, with last Thursday the deadline for filing more.

Trump has signed measures eliminatin­g requiremen­ts that mining and oil companies report payments made to foreign government­s. The rule was designed to shine a light on how much money foreign government­s received for their nation’s resources, thus reducing the prospect of corruption.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi scoffed at the notion that Republican­s were accomplish­ing anything with the regulatory repeals “because they do not meet the needs of the American people.”

One of the more closely contested repeals would kill an online privacy regulation. Fifteen Republican­s sided with Democrats in opposing the repeal, which Pelosi said would allow internet providers to sell personal informatio­n without a user’s consent. “You should be very, very scared,” she said.

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