Bob Goodlatte

Congress targets Obama rules on dumping mining debris, gun checks for mentally disabled

Congress targets Obama rules on dumping mining debris, gun checks for mentally disabled

The Republican-controlled Congress on Thursday scrapped Obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally in the White House, President Donald Trump, to reverse years of 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 approved 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 Trump, who is expected to sign it.

Republicans and some Democrats say the rule could eliminate thousands...

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