Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Bush Halts Last Minute Clinton Pronouncements

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Bush Halts Last Minute Clinton Pronouncements

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Cities and towns may be affected by a White House memo circulated by Chief of Staff Andrew Card ordering the immediate halting of the printing of any new regulations. President Bush's memo, one of his first since taking the oath on January 20, stopped rules and regulations that had not yet been published in the Federal Register.

Ari Fleischer, President Bush's spokesman, stated that, "All regulations that had not been published have been affected by this." The Card memo made it clear that agencies were to pull rules submitted to the Federal Register but not yet published. The memo also made clear that agencies should delay the effective date of recently published rules for 60 days, thereby allowing time for the Bush administration to scrutinize them. Card explained that the order was executed to "ensure that the President's appointees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations."

The Card memo exempted rules issued "pursuant to statutory or judicial deadlines." Federal officials, lobbyists, and consumer advocates are confused about the status of various regulations because it is not clear which rules qualify for that exemption.

The Bush Administration is not certain how many federal rules might have been affected by this moratorium. The latest regulations affect everything from water pollution to coal mine safety to energy conservation, from the purity of fruit juice to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Also affected:

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