Soon after Donald Trump officially became the forty-fifth president of the United States, Reince Priebus, the President’s Chief of Staff, issued a memorandum freezing all pending regulations. This memorandum is similar to the memorandums issued at the beginning of prior administrations. In general, and subject to certain exceptions, the memorandum provides the following –
- Agencies shall send no new regulations to be published in the Federal Register until an appropriate individual appointed or designated by the President reviews such regulation.
- With respect to regulations that have been sent to the Federal Register but not yet published, agencies must immediately withdraw them.
- With respect to regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but have not taken effect, as permitted by applicable law, agencies must temporarily postpone their effective date for 60 days for the purpose of reviewing questions of fact, law, and policy.
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