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Congress scraps Obama rules on coal mining, guns

  • E2M
    • 21 posts
    February 3, 2017 7:14 AM PST



    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress on Thursday scrapped Obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally in the White House to help reverse years of what the GOP calls excessive regulation.

    The Senate gave final approval to a measure eliminating a rule to prevent coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams, while the House backed a separate resolution doing away with extended background checks for gun purchases by some Social Security recipients with mental disabilities.

    The Senate's 54-45 vote sends the repeal of the stream protection rule to President Donald Trump. The gun measure awaits Senate action.

    The White House said Thursday night that Trump supports both measures and is likely to sign them.