Trump Administration Issues Regulatory Freeze

Window & Door
January 24, 2017

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to freeze all new federal regulations immediately and temporarily.

The move effectively halts any pending policies from the Obama Administration before they can be finalized and allows President Trump to validate concerns with regulations that Republicans have viewed as burdensome to business, says the Window & Door Manufacturers Association.

He also signed an executive order to “minimize the economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) pending the law’s repeal.

Federal regulations go through a multi-step process prescribed by the Administrative Procedure Act in order to take full effect. The President does not have the ability to stop any regulations that have gone into effect already, but lays out steps for any that are not fully in action, according to the WDMA. For any regulations that have yet to be sent for publishing in the Federal Register, the memo asks the agency not to send any regulation to the Federal Register until reviewed by someone selected by the President.