James P. McGovern

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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