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Congress repealed a rule preventing hunters from using certain methods to capture and kill predators on Alaskan wildlife refuges — including shooting them from helicopters.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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
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.
- John Sommers II/Reuters
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
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.
- Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Source: The Washington Post