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Republican lawmakers ask Bush to undo Clinton's executive orders

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Georgia, called on President-elect George W. Bush Friday to "immediately rescind the avalanche of executive orders that President Clinton issued since election day" as soon as he takes office.

Kingston was joined in a press conference Friday by Rep. Thomas Tancredo, R-Colorado, who intends to introduce legislation to overturn some of the last-minute actions.

Earlier this week, Kingston circulated "Dear Colleague" letters, urging other members of Congress to sign a letter asking Bush to "immediately rescind every executive order Clinton has issued since November."

The letter to Bush argued, "Congress should review each of the orders through the normal legislative process including introduction of bills, committee hearings, and a full and fair floor debate."

The letter to the president-elect also promised that if Bush takes back the orders, "Congress will work with you in the proper fashion to design appropriate remedies to the concerned areas."

About two dozen members have signed the letter so far, Kingston's office said.

Kingston called for the action, his office said, because lawmakers needed time to review the executive orders in detail.

"It's not to rescind because we're the big bad Republicans," said Kingston spokeswoman Robyn Ridgely. "Clinton's released 29,000 pages of federal regulations and executive orders that are an avalanche, so we're asking Bush to rescind them so we can go over them."

Kingston's office emphasized that this was an act of support for Bush and not an attempt to put pressure on him.

"The key is to support Bush," Ridgely said. "We're trying to support him. He's already said that he wants to review them.

While Kingston opposes many of the executive orders, such as certain aspects of the medical privacy act and many of Clinton's environmental measures, Ridgely said he is not calling for them to be rescinded for that reason.

"He might support some aspects of them," she said. "We just want to be sure the constitutional process is followed" for making laws, she said.

She could not specify what he might support, saying that he needed the opportunity to go over them.

CNN Producer Christy Darden contributed to this report


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