Rep. Jeff Duncan Votes to Rescind Two Obama Era Rules

Feb 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today voted to undo two Obama Administration regulations that were in violation of the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment limits on states’ rights. The first regulation barred hunting and fishing from federal wilderness lands in Alaska, while the second stopped states from cutting Title X grant funding to abortion providers, most notably the disgraced Planned Parenthood organization.

“We are still dealing with the full impacts of the executive overreach by the Obama presidency,” Duncan said. “I am glad to be able to turn back these terrible regulations and again allow states to make their own decisions about how resources are managed, both natural and financial.”

The first vote returned wildlife management back to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, I was particularly proud to vote to overturn the ill-advised Obama Administration rule banning hunting and fishing in Alaska. Like all of our states, Alaska should be responsible for its own wildlife management practices, not unelected bureaucrats in a distant capital.  This regulation represents a disturbing shift in the cooperative wildlife management relationship that states have enjoyed for years with the federal government.

“I am proud to work with my friend Don Young of Alaska to restore Alaska’s rightful authority in this matter. Sportsmen around the country will be pleased by this action in the House today. The sustainable management of these natural resources needs to be a state-led function, and this rule would have set a bad precedent that could have negative implications for the lower 48 states as well.”

The second vote will allow states to once again only direct Title X family planning funds to community health centers that do not engage in abortions or the trafficking of the body parts of unborn children.

“Controversial organizations like Planned Parenthood have no business receiving federal taxpayer dollars. Many states agree – it is simply not the job of the federal government to impose regulations like this one to tell those states they’re wrong. Today’s action, when passed in the Senate and signed by President Trump, will eliminate that federal wrong and protect state taxpayers from having their money sent against their will to Planned Parenthood.

“I look forward to the upcoming Budget Reconciliation bill in the House, which will, in addition to repealing Obamacare, make Planned Parenthood and similar abortion businesses ineligible for federal funding, transferring those funds instead to community health centers that actually focus on health. It is time for government at all levels to end funding for this heinous practice.

“I call on the Senate to follow our lead and pass these resolutions so that President Trump can sign them into law as soon as possible.”

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