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White House Orders Regulatory Freeze

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum Friday directing all executive departments and agencies to freeze new and pending regulations to allow time for review by President Trump's new administration. The memorandum provides that any rule that has already been sent to the Office of the Federal Register, but not yet published, should be withdrawn , the effective date for rules that published in the Federal Register but had not become effective was extended until March 21, 60 days after the Priebus memorandum.

The memo provides exceptions for rules that respond to emergency situations and other urgent circumstances relating to health, safety, financial or national security matters. If a rule raises any substantial questions of law or policy after its delay, however, Priebus told the agencies to notify the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and take further appropriate action in consultation with the OMB director.

Regulatory freezes by new presidents have occurred before. President Obama ordered a similar halt in January 2009 for pending regulations from the George W. Bush Administration and the Bush Administration did the same thing when it succeeded President Clinton.

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