House Republicans Warn Federal Agencies Not to Finalize Pending Rules

A letter from House Republican leaders to all federal executive and independent agencies “cautioned” the agencies against “finalizing pending rules or regulations in the Administration’s last days.” Citing White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough’s statement that the Administration will pursue “audacious executive action throughout the course of the rest of the year,” House Republican leaders asserted that “forbearance is necessary to afford the recently elected Administration and Congress the opportunity to review and give direction concerning pending rulemakings.”

If their counsel is ignored, House Republican leaders warned, they will “work with colleagues to ensure that Congress scrutinizes [the agencies’] actions – and, if appropriate, overturns them – pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.”

Lofchie Comment: Such “stop” directives are common during a change in administration,  particularly one that also involves a change in parties.