Obama Acts Decisively to Halt Bush Administration Lame Duck Legislation

According to the Washington Post of January 20, 2009, “Acting only hours after his inauguration, President Barack Obama has ordered a freeze on new or proposed regulations at all government agencies and departments.”

Rahm Emanuel issued a memo declaring:

“…no proposed or final regulation should be sent to the Office of Federal Register for publication unless and until it has been reviewed and approved by a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2009, or in the case of the Department of Defense, the Secretary of Defense.”

The memo also orders the withdrawal of all final or proposed regulations not yet published by the Federal Register. Department and agency heads have also been asked to “consider extending for 60 days the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but not yet taken effect” unless they impact health, safety, environmental, financial, or national security matters (obviously, as The Post points out, now subject to the interpretation of Obama’s appointees.”

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