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Waters Urges President-Elect Biden to Issue Presidential Memorandum to Suspend Midnight Rulemakings

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden to urge that the Biden Administration issue a Presidential memorandum on January 20th to temporarily suspend any midnight regulations promulgated by the Trump Administration. The issuance of the Presidential memorandum would give the Biden Administration the opportunity to mitigate or prevent the harmful impacts of last-minute regulations hastily issued by the Trump Administration. 

“I am particularly concerned about several midnight regulations promulgated by the Trump Administration, the harmful impacts of which could be prevented or significantly reduced if your Administration were to act swiftly,” Chairwoman Waters wrote. “There is precedent from previous, incoming Democratic and Republican Administrations alike to issue a Presidential memorandum to temporarily suspend any midnight regulations to allow time for review.” 

The letter follows Chairwoman Waters’ December letter to President-Elect Biden providing recommendations on areas where the Biden Administration should immediately reverse the actions of the Trump Administration, and several actions that the Biden Administration can immediately take to coordinate the federal response to COVID-19, keep people safely housed, protect consumers and small businesses, support the broader economy and ensure a global recovery.

See here or below for the full letter text. 

Dear President-Elect Joseph Biden,

I write to follow up on my correspondence from December 4, 2020 regarding regulations from the Trump Administration that I recommend your Administration focus on reversing immediately. I am particularly concerned about several midnight regulations promulgated by the Trump Administration, the harmful impacts of which could be prevented or significantly reduced if your Administration were to act swiftly. There is precedent from previous, incoming Democratic and Republican Administrations alike to issue a Presidential memorandum to temporarily suspend any midnight regulations to allow time for review.[1]   

I urge you to issue a similar Presidential memorandum on January 20th requesting the heads of the rulemaking agencies to not send proposed or final rules to the Office of the Federal Register; withdraw any rules that have not yet been published in the Federal Register; and postpone the effective dates of rules at least 60 days that have already been published in the Federal Register but which have not yet taken effect. The agencies to which you send such a memorandum must include the independent agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 

I continue to look forward to working with your Administration, and advancing an agenda to promote economic prosperity for all Americans.

Sincerely,
MAXINE WATERS
Chairwoman

cc: The Honorable Patrick McHenry, Ranking Member

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[1] See, e.g. the Congressional Research Service, Midnight Rulemaking: Background and Options for Congress (Oct. 4, 2016).


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