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White House Orders Federal Agencies to Halt Regulations

The White House has instructed federal agencies to cease issuing regulations until they can be reviewed and approved by the Trump administration.

The White House has called for a freeze on new regulations from federal agencies until they can be reviewed by the Trump administration.

The directive was laid out in a memo issued by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. A copy is included below.

The memo instructs agencies not to send any regulations to the Federal Register until a department or agency head has the opportunity to review and approve them. Additionally, any regulation already sent to the Federal Register but not yet published must be withdrawn and submitted for approval.

Regulatory freezes are not uncommon during a transition between administrations. In 2009 for example, Barack Obama’s incoming administration ordered a freeze on all regulations from the Bush administration.

Trump Administration Regulatory Freeze

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