More than any other Democrat, Harry Reid gave Trump the tools necessary to wipe out much of Obama's legacy. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)

Donald Trump and Harry Reid have a complicated relationship. The Nevada Democrat has questioned the president-elect’s victory, accused him of bigotry and labeled him “a sexual predator.”

But Trump can’t say the elder statesman never did anything for him. More than any other Democrat, Reid gave Trump the tools necessary to wipe out much of Obama’s legacy.

Reid backed the Congressional Review Act as the prime Democratic cosponsor. In a nutshell, the law allows Congress to rescind any last-minute regulation with a simple majority vote and a president’s signature.

In a joint statement with Republican Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma, Reid praised the act for helping “to redress the balance between branches, reclaiming for Congress some of its policymaking authority.” Since passage in 1996, lawmakers have successfully used the parliamentary mechanism just once. That’s about to change.

Republicans are promising to light up the federal register on day one. They recently supercharged the CRA, allowing them to demolish multiple regulations at once and putting much of Obama’s legacy at risk. And it’s all thanks to Reid.

None of this is lost on the Democrat. During his farewell address, the outgoing minority leader listed the CRA as one of his greatest legislative achievements, alongside Dodd-Frank and Obamacare. Trump and Republicans couldn’t agree more.

Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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