7 random Obama-era regulations Republicans decided to roll back

Republicans have enjoyed majorities in both houses of Congress since 2014, but many of their key initiatives – deregulation, antiabortion policies, states rights – have stalled in the past because the executive branch was under Democratic control.

Then President Donald Trump’s victory brought new energy to Republican efforts to reshape federal government.

Since Trump took office in January, he and Congress have taken a number of steps to rollback regulations that former President Barack Obama put in place.

The Washington Post put together a database tracking the erosion of Obama’s legacy.

Here are seven notable measures Republicans have rolled back so far:

Congress repealed a rule preventing hunters from using certain methods to capture and kill predators on Alaskan wildlife refuges — including shooting them from helicopters. The rule also prohibited hunters from killing bears and wolves while they were near their dens or cubs.


Source: NPR

Trump signed a congressional action repealing an Obama-era regulation that prevented coal mining companies from dumping debris and toxic waste into nearby streams and waterways.

John Kane, former miner and tour guide at the National Mining Museum Scotland, looks at a piece of coal on April 9, 2013 in Newtongrange, Scotland
Jeff J Mitchell

Source: The White House

Trump’s Food and Drug Administration delayed launching nutrition fact labels geared toward helping Americans eat healthier, but hasn’t yet said when companies will have to comply with the Obama-era rule.

What the new labels are supposed to look like.

Source: The Washington Post, FDA

The White House rejected a proposed 2016 rule which would increase protection for endangered whales and sea turtles who get caught in fishing nets. The administration said current regulations already address the issue.

A woman sorts through fresh fish on the dock after it was unloaded from a boat in Muara Angke port in north Jakarta.
REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Source: The Washington Examiner

Trump signed a law repealing a rule that prohibited the “mentally incapable” from being able to purchase firearms. After the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015, Obama signed an executive action requiring the Social Security Administration submit names of mentally disabled individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

James Bell from Nashville, TN, look over rifle scopes from Burris Riflescope at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville, Kentucky on May 21, 2016.
John Sommers II/Reuters

Sources: Business Insider, Congress

Using the Congressional Review Act, Republicans nullified a rule that restricted states from withholding funding from family-planning clinics that provide abortions, a move popularly known as “defunding Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood

Source: The Washington Post, Federal Register

Trump signed a Congressional Review Act measure in April repealing privacy rules aimed at keeping internet service providers from accessing consumer data. Critics slammed the action as a strike against net neutrality.

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival in Washington, DC on May 5, 2017.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Source: The Washington Post