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February 4, 2021

Biden White House announces regulatory ‘freeze’

President Joe Biden is slowing down the regulatory process in order to give his new executive team time to review pending or recently issued Trump administration rules. He also issued an executive order requiring review of a wide range of health and environmental regulations.

In a memo issued Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain directed the heads of executive departments and agencies not to propose or issue any rules “until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the president” has had a chance to review and approve it. For rules published in the Federal Register but which have not taken effect, agency heads were directed to “consider postponing the rules’ effective dates for 60 days.”Read more