Obama Suspends Last-Minute Bush Regulations

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 9:30 am

While most of Washington was partying yesterday, President Obama took action to reverse some of his predecessor’s last acts, much like former President George W. Bush did in 2001. Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel quietly issued a memo yesterday to halt those last-minute regulations that Bush tried to cram through during his final days in office, The Associated Press reports.

Dozens of regulations, however, such as the Bush administration’s revisions to endangered species regulations designed to reduce the input of scientists and to keep the law from being used to fight global warming, and another that reversed a 25-year-old rule restricting loaded guns in national parks, have already been approved.

To get rid of these regulations, the Obama administration will have to begin a whole new rule-making process, which could take months or years to complete. So while Bush may be out of office, his influence will likely continue to be felt for some time.

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