President Donald Trump took another swing at former President Barack Obama’s legacy Thursday, overturning the “Stream Protection Rule,” which the former president issued during his last weeks in office.
Trump signed legislation that reversed the rule, issued by the Department of the Interior. It would have prohibited surface mining within 100 feet of streams. It also tightened requirements for cleaning up mines and conducting environmental studies.
Trump said the legislation would “eliminate another terrible job-killing rule” and would help save thousands of mining jobs.
Miners and House Republicans who supported the decision joined Trump for the signing at the White House.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., said, “A lot of damage was done during the Obama years to Appalachian coal. We can only take one step at a time from the government point of view and I think getting rid of the stream buffer rule is a good first step,” WYMT reported.
The legislation was the second Trump signed this week. The Hill reported that on Tuesday, Trump signed a measure under the Congressional Review Act that undid a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies.
Trump explained at the signing that he was fulfilling his campaign promise to save jobs, especially in the mines.
“This is a major threat to your jobs and we’re going to get rid of this threat,” he added. “We’re going to fight for you.”
Take a look at video of the signing below:
Liberals will no doubt criticize the move, but the truth is that they have done little to help displaced workers in mining areas. As usual, they like to complain more than they like to do anything else.
It’s good to see Trump staying true to his word and helping working Americans.
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