Joe Biden to sign executive order blocking Trump’s ‘midnight regulations’


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President-elect Joe Biden will sign an executive order when he enters office Jan. 20 blocking any “midnight regulations” from President Trump that haven’t gone into effect by Inauguration Day, his incoming White House spokeswoman said.

“We’re announcing today that, like other incoming administrations have done before, the Biden-Harris White House will issue a memo to take effect on the afternoon Eastern Time on January 20 that will halt or delay midnight regulations, actions taken by the Trump administration that will not have taken effect by Inauguration Day,” Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

“Midnight regulations” pertain to federal government regulations that the outgoing administration creates in the lame-duck period between the election and the inauguration.

As an example, Psaki cited an expected Department of Labor rule that would allow businesses “to misclassify” their workers as independent contractors to avoid minimum wage and overtime protections.

The Biden memo would freeze the rule and halt it from being implemented.

The president-elect has vowed to sign a number of executive orders after his inauguration, including to rejoin the Paris climate accords that Trump withdrew the US from in June 2017 and the World Health Organization.

Psaki also said Biden will make more cabinet appointments next week.

He has yet to announce his selections for attorney general, commerce secretary and labor secretary.

“He is very thoughtful about how he makes the decisions of who he’s going to nominate for the cabinet and any real personnel decisions and we believe he deserves the time and space to make those decisions,” Psaki said when asked about the timing of the announcements.

With Post wires

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