- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday moved forward on a measure to roll back an Obama-era rule requiring the Social Security Administration to scour its records for people deemed mentally deficient to add them to the national gun-purchase background check system.

By voice vote, the Senate agreed on a motion to proceed to the resolution, potentially setting up a vote for final passage later Tuesday.

The Republican-led House already voted 235-180 to cancel the rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a 1996 law that says Congress can repeal rules issued in the previous 60 days.

Republicans said the original rule infringed upon the Second Amendment rights of Social Security recipients and cast too wide a net in looking for people whose names should be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

“The regulation is flawed beyond any kind of repair,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and Senate sponsor of the “resolution of disapproval” of the rule.

Democrats said the rule was carefully tailored so that only people who were so incapacitated that they had someone receive their payments for them would be considered.

The CRA is worded so that rules with similar language cannot be re-issued by the agency behind them.

“If there are problems with this rule, they can be addressed by fixing it,” said Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat. “But the Republican response is always repeal first.”

If President Trump signs the rollback after the House and Senate approves, the rule would be immediately voided.

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