WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski voted Thursday to block a regulation issued in the final days of the Obama administration to extend background checks for disabled Social Security recipients mentally incapable of managing their own affairs.
The Second District Republican from the Jimtown area was part of a 235-180 House vote to invalidate the rule under the Congressional Review Act. The resolution now heads to the Senate.
After the 2012 school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Obama directed the U.S. Justice Department to provide guidance to agencies regarding information they are obligated to report to the background check system.
The background checks rule established the criteria the Social Security Administration would follow when forwarding names for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a federal list of people prohibited from purchasing firearms. Those fitting the criteria have a mental disorder so severe that they cannot work and need a representative to manage their benefits.
The administration projected that the regulation would affect about 75,000 beneficiaries, according to the Associated Press.
Walorski said the rule discriminates against individuals with disabilities by denying their 2nd Amendment rights and violating their right to due process.
"Being disabled doesn’t make you a danger to society and getting help managing your benefits doesn’t mean you forfeit your constitutional rights," she said while speaking on the House floor.
Walorski also released a statement Friday reacting to sanctions announced in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile test:
"The Trump administration’s decisive response to Iran’s latest provocation is a key step toward cracking down on Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. These new sanctions show the United States is once again ready to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its dangerous and destabilizing behavior," she said.
The sanctions, on 13 people and 12 companies, came a day after Trump put Iran “on notice” for testing a medium-range ballistic missile and for attacks by Iran-funded Houthi militants on a Saudi frigate.